Liverpool, in desperate need of a bit of goalscoring help, were linked with Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez throughout the January transfer window. The rumours were persistent, never quite crossing into the realm of likely but always there, bubbling away just below the surface.
In the end, perhaps unsurprisingly given rumours linking the ex-Manchester United frontman known by the name Chicharito never quite took off, they amounted to nothing. But that just means a chance for rumours linking him with a move back to England with Liverpool to rumble on between now and the summer.
And in the best circular rumour monger fashion, today the Express are passing along Chicharito links they say are from the Liverpool Echo who in turn credit somebody else having started them and on it goes. It may not be all that clear where they started of who started them, but Chicharito to Liverpool remains a thing.
Plus now there’s the added wrinkle of supposed Arsenal interest in the striker Leverkusen paid a bargain £7.3M for just last summer. Since then, the 27-year-old has only gone and scored 22 goals in 26 games. Looking at his total return, Chicharito has registered a goal or assist at a rate of 1.05 for every 90 minutes he’s on the pitch.
Though in recent years he’s largely been consigned to the fringes, first with Manchester United and then at Real Madrid, that’s a return that’s difficult to argue with. Especially if he could be brought back to England for even double what Leverkusen paid for him—a healthy return for them but still a bargain in the current market.
Whether it’s the work of Chicharito’s people pushing for a move back to England or reflects real interest on the parts of Liverpool and Arsenal, there does seem a good chance that the Mexican striker will be moving on from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. The main question at this point is who’s driving the rumours.