Mexican striker Chicharito will reject a move to Orlando City and wants to continue playing in the Premier League or in Europe, Mark Ogden of The Telegraph reports.
Chicharito, 26, is currently on a season-long loan from Manchester United to Real Madrid, and he has one year remaining on his contract. Across all competitions this season, he has scored eight goals and added three assists.
Orlando City has been rumored to be targeting Chicharito with a lucrative offer to pair him with Kaka in its first MLS season as an expansion team. Kaka has a league-high salary of more than $7 million.
Ogden reports, however, that Chicharito doesn’t want to play in Major League Soccer.
But despite Orlando’s ability to tempt the £6m signing from Chivas de Guadalajara with a multi-millions dollar salary, Hernandez is understood to be reluctant to turn his back on the Premier League or Europe to play in the United States during the peak years of his career.
After scoring a combined 20 goals during the 2012 and 2013 Premier League seasons, Chicharito scored just four goals in 2014 before being loaned to Madrid.
Orlando City has opened the season with a 1-2-2 record.
- Paul Palladino