Man United outcast Hernandez could join Atletico Madrid, says Simeone

The Argentine has admitted his admiration for the Mexico international, whose future at Old Trafford remains unclear, with Louis van Gaal reluctant to be drawn on the issue

Diego Simeone believes Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez represents a “great option” for Atletico Madrid as they look to bolster their attack ahead of the new season.

Hernandez moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2010 but has failed to establish himself as anything more than an impact substitute, starting just six Premier League games last season.

Former United captain Nemanja Vidic this week urged his new club Inter to make a move for the Mexican frontman, though Atletico are also hoping to fill the attacking void left by the departures of Diego Costa and David Villa.

And while Simeone – who currently has Mario Mandzukic as the only recognised striker in his squad – would not confirm he will make a move for the 26-year-old, he refused to rule it out.

“We speak to the sporting directors, we gave them the ideas on the type of players we want and then they get the players,” the Argentine told reporters.

“With Javier Hernandez and plenty of other great players, anything is possible. We can’t close the door to anyone until the transfer window closes.

“He is a vertical player, great in one on one situations, he’s a great option for any team.”

New United boss Louis van Gaal gave Hernandez a 13-minute cameo in Wednesday’s International Champions Cup penalty win over Inter, but could not provide any guarantees over the player’s future.

“That I cannot answer,” the Dutchman insisted after the match. “He is a player of Manchester United at this moment.”

The striker himself was similarly unwilling to discuss the issue. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, only God knows,” he told reporters. “I just have to keep working.”

Vidic tells Inter: Sign my Man Utd mate Hernandez

The Serbian defender believes the 26-year-old would prove to be a valuable addition for the Giuseppe Meazza side should the Nerazzurri make a move for the Mexican


Inter defender Nemanja Vidic has advised the Serie A outfit to make a move for his former Manchester United team-mate Javier Hernandez in their search for a new striker.

The Giuseppe Meazza side are keen to add some more firepower to their squad this summer and have been linked with players such as Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) and the aforementioned Hernandez in the past few months.

Vidic does not need to think twice, however, over who would be the best option and believes the Mexico international is the right man for the San Siro side.

“Chicharito has done some great things and scored decisive goals for Manchester United, in particular under Sir Alex Ferguson,” Vidic was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“He is a very strong striker, a traditional No.9 who has an eye for goal.

“But in the end it’s [sporting director] Piero Ausilio’s decision and he knows what he’s doing.”

The 26-year-old joined United from Guadalajara in the summer of 2010 and has since made over 100 Premier League appearances for the Old Trafford side.

Hernandez’s current contract with the 2012-13 champions is due to expire in the summer of 2016.

Allegri handed early return to AC Milan with Juventus

The 54-year-old coach, who was sacked by the Rossoneri in January, will take the reigning Italian champions to the Giuseppe Meazza in week three


Former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has been handed a rapid return to San Siro with new club Juventus by the 2014-15 Serie A fixture list.

The 46-year-old trainer was sacked by the Rossoneri in January and replaced at the helm by Clarence Seedorf, who has since made way for Pippo Inzaghi.

Allegri was then handed the reins at Juventus following the shock resignation of Antonio Conte, who had led the Old Lady to three successive Serie A titles since taking charge in the summer of 2011.

The former Cagliari coach will begin his league campaign with the Bianconeri away to Chievo when the new Italian season gets underway on the last weekend in August.

Allegri will oversee his first home game against Udinese a fortnight later before returning to the Giuseppe Meazza for Juve’s clash with Milan on the weekend of September 21.

As for Inzaghi’s men, who have been struggling in pre-season, they will kick off their campaign against Lazio at San Siro.

Elsewhere, Inter will begin with a tricky trip to Torino, while last season’s runners-up, Roma, also have a difficult opener, against Fiorentina.

Napoli, who finished third last term, will start their second season under the leadership of Rafael Benitez against Genoa.

Looking further ahead, the first Milan derby takes place in week 12, in November, while the first Derby d’Italia between Juventus and Inter is provisionally scheduled for Turin on January 6, seven days before city rivals Roma and Lazio lock horns at the Stadio Olimpico.

Inter need 'amazing' Vidic, says Kovacic

The gifted midfielder has nothing but praise for the experienced centre-back and is confident Mauro Icardi can become a success this season


Inter midfielder Mateo Kovacic has voiced his admiration for Nemanja Vidic and believes the former Manchester United defender is exactly the type of player that the Serie A side needed.

The 32-year-old joined Inter on a free transfer this summer and Kovacic is confident the experienced centre-back will prove to be a shrewd addition.

“Vidic is an amazing player with vast experience,” the Croatia international said via the official Inter Twitter account.

“Inter really needed someone like him.”

The young midfielder then went on to praise Argentine attacker Mauro Icardi, who netted nine goals in 22 Serie A appearances for Inter last term and was also a key player in the pre-season clash with Real Madrid.

“Mauro’s a nice lad and a great player,” he said. “I hope he goes on to score tons of goals for us.”

Inter failed to qualify for the Champions League last season, yet Kovacic remains hopeful of shining at the biggest club stage at some point in the future.

“I’d love to win the Champions League, that’s everyone’s dream,” he added.

Medel can help Inter back to Champions League, says Thohir

The Nerazzurri supremo is keen to lure the Chile international to Serie A, while he has also set his sights on a new attacker


Inter president Erick Thohir believes Cardiff City star Gary Medel is the right man to help the Giuseppe Meazza side qualify for the Champions League again in the new season.

Walter Mazzarri’s men had to settle for fifth spot in Serie A in 2013-14 and consequently missed out on Champions League football for the second year in a row.

Nevertheless, Thohir believes Inter can return to European club football’s elite competition again with the right signings.

“Inter’s objective for 2014-15 is to qualify for the Champions League and I think we can make it with the arrival of Medel in midfield and a great new striker,” Thohir was quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.

The 26-year-old Medel has a contract with Cardiff until June 2017 and the Welsh outfit have no intention of letting go of the combative midfielder – who can also play as a defender – for anything less than the €14 million they paid Sevilla in the summer of 2013.

Medel was part of the Chile squad that impressed at the 2014 World Cup, making four appearances for the South Americans.

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