Orlando throw money at Hernandez


‘Chicharito’ has fallen down the pecking order at United and spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, with a number of European clubs and other ambitious MLS clubs also interested.

Orlando are believed to be ready to make the Mexico international the highest-paid player in the MLS on a salary of $10-million a year to join former AC Milan and Real Madrid attacker Kaka at the club.

“Many clubs in MLS are working to have this guy,” Orlando owner Flavio Augusto told reporters. “But we are at the beginning of the conversation and, as you know, the less we talk about the situation, the better, because we are in the middle of negotiations.

“We hope in one or two weeks to be ready to talk about Chicharito in a different way.”

Da Silva is aware that he will have stiff opposition for a big European name still in his prime at 27, but that will not put him off.

“Why not for Orlando, why not for MLS?" he said. "Of course he's a great player that every club in the world would like to have and we'd love the chance to have him, too.”

Following hugely successful spells in the MLS for stars like David Beckham at LA Galaxy and Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls, other clubs have been adopting the same strategy to raise their international profiles.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has been signed for LA Galaxy to continue the work Beckham did so well, while Andrea Pirlo has left Juventus to join David Villa and Frank Lampard at New York City FC.

New York City, who are playing in their first MLS season, are also expected to complete the signing of former Kaizer Chiefs centre-back Tefu Mashamaite, whose 10-day trial ended on Friday.

MLS clubs are allowed to sign three Designated Players who can earn far above the player salary cap of around $430 000 a year. The average players earn between $50 000 and $250 000 a year.