The Asian Age

ON LOAN FROM UNITED

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Madrid, Sept. 1: Real Madrid have moved to broaden their op­tions in at­tack by agree­ing to sign Mex­ico striker Javier Her­nan­dez on loan from Manch­ester United for the 2014- 15 sea­son.

“Real Madrid and Manch­ester United have reached an agree­ment for the loan of the player Javier Her­nan­dez, who will be tied to the club for the cur­rent sea­son,” Real said in a state­ment on their web­site ( www. Realmadrid. Com) on Mon­day.

Real have an op­tion to buy the 26- year- old, who is val­ued at 14 mil­lion euros ( 18.4 mil­lion US dol­lar) on web­site trans- fer­markt. Com, and he would be pre­sented to the me­dia at the Bern­abeu sta­dium later on Mon­day, the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons added. United also con­firmed the move on their Twit­ter ac­count.

Known as “Chichar­ito”, or “lit­tle pea”, Her­nan­dez will pro­vide backup for Real’s first- choice striker Karim Ben­zema, a France in­ter­na­tional, and will be ex­pected to make an im­pact from the bench. Her­nan­dez joined United from home­town side Guadala­jara in July 2010 but after a fine de­but sea­son, when he scored 20 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Deloitte’s sports business group, more than $ 1.2 bil­lion had been spent by Eng­land’s 20 EPL clubs up to Fri­day. That was al­ready more than $ 165 mil­lion above last year’s trans­fer win­dow and Bri­tish me­dia said the to­tal fig­ure would pass $ 1.33 bil­lion by the end of Mon­day.

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