Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has had an extraordinary season with Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 19 goals in 22 appearances, making him the most expensive player from Mexico and more than doubling his transfer fee from about US$14 million to over US$37 million, Bleacher Report said Sunday.
Premier League club Arsenal had apparently showed interest in signing on the Mexican forward, but according to various sports news outlets, the Gunners would no longer be interested in Chicharito because they usually do not invest in a player whose transfer fee has skyrocketed after only half a season.
@FullTimeDEVILS Meanwhile Chicharito just won back to back player of the month awards in Bundesliga. All he needed was trust and confidence.— Carly Priestley (@CarlyPriestley) January 2, 2016
Chicharito Hernandez voted Bundesliga Player of the Month for second time in a row !!! pic.twitter.com/BlzGTjaraE— Ibrahim Bushree (@Ebrahym3377) January 1, 2016
“Throwing £25 million (US$37 million) at a player who's been in form for a couple of months isn't Arsenal's style, however, and since he's ineligible to play, it makes more sense to see whether he can keep his good run going in the second half of the season,” Bleacher Report commented.
The Independent claimed Arsenal are extremely interested in bringing the Mexican forward back to the Premier League, although he would not be eligible to play for them until the following 2016-17 season because Chicharito has already played for two clubs this current campaign.
So, the chances of Hernandez moving to Arsenal this month have been drastically reduced, and according to the Bleacher Report, his move back to the Premier League would be more likely in the summer, although Leverkusen will not be too keen on letting him go.
A couple days ago, Hernandez, 27, was voted Bundesliga Player of the Month for a second time in a row, as he was given the honor in November and again in December.
Leverkusen believed in Hernandez and signed him on in the summer, a move that has payed of extremely well as the Bundesliga team has since shortened their distance in regards to top teams such as Bayern Munich and Borrusia Dortmund.
“The Germans have no reason whatsoever to sell just months after making the investment, even if £25 million would be a nice fee for Chicharito,” Bleacher Report said.
Chicharito is now the highest priced Mexican player after being third at the beginning of the current season.
Forward Carlos Vela is now the second highest priced Mexican player. He is worth about US$20 million and currently plays for the Spanish La Liga team Real Sociedad, who signed him on in August 2012.
Hector Herrera is the third most valuable Mexican player at about US$18 million. He plays for Porto FC of Portugal.
It's a joke - Chicharito winning back-to-back Player of the Month awards makes Van Gaal look very foolish https://t.co/DWBMmUxZ9K— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) December 31, 2015