Manchester United target Southampton star and Brazil striker as Javier Hernandez is told he’s free to go

With the transfer window’s closure fast approaching, Louis van Gaal has decided to take a huge gamble by telling Javier Hernandez that he is free to leave Manchester United this summer, the Daily Telegraph report.

The Telegraph claim that the 27-year-old has been told that he can go after his penalty miss during the Champions League play-off tie with Club Brugge in midweek.

Should the Mexican find another club, van Gaal will have just a couple of days to bolster his attacking options, or face playing the first few months of the season with just Wayne Rooney as the squad’s only out-and-out striker.

While the Telegraph suggest that the Dutchman is prepared to use the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj as makeshift forwards, the Red Devils are considering a move for Southampton man Sadio Mane, and could pay over £20m to bring him to Old Trafford.

A slightly less likely option appears to be a surprising move for former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato, the Telegraph suggest. Despite holding talks with the 25-year-old, the Telegraph claim that the Premier League side are less keen on a move for the Brazil international. Unlike Mane however, Pato is a natural striker so would probably provide Rooney with more support down the centre than the 23-year-old would.

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