Real Madrid turned down chance to sign Hernandez for €23m

Real Madrid turned down the chance to buy Javier Hernandez for €23 million fromManchester United, according to details of the striker’s loan agreement.

Chicharito became the latest player to fall under the spotlight of Football Leaks, the website which has courted controversy by publishing the inner workings of contracts and transfer deals.

And after the likes of Gareth Bale and Radamel Falcao, the details of the Mexico international’s temporary switch to Madrid was uncovered on Monday by the site.

In documents released by the site, Madrid paid out over €6 million for the year Hernandez played in Spain.

United received €3m for the deal, while the player was paid a total of €3.2m over the course of the year, on top of a declared salary of €6,000 a month.

One of the most tantalising details of the transfer, however, is the agreed price Madrid set with United for the striker, which ultimately they declined to exercise.

Chicharito, who has scored 23 goals in 31 games for Bayer Leverkusen this term, would have set Madrid back €25m should they have wished to make the move permanent.

If Madrid acted in the January 2015 transfer window, however, they would have received a discount price of €23m.

A missed bargain, or the correct decision from the Merengue board? With injuries to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale this season, extra cover in the forward line would not go amiss for Zinedine Zidane.

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