Spanish media outlet Marca, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that the Red Devils are looking to bring Hernandez to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
The same article states that Manchester United have promised to Hernandez’s wages at Atletico Madrid if the France international was to move to the Red Devils.
According to the same story, Jose Mourinho could face competition from derby rivals Manchester City and Champions League holders Real Madrid for the 22-year-old.
One stumbling block to a potential deal could be Hernandez’s €80m (£70m) buyout clause in his current contract with the Spanish side.
However, Manchester United have been regularly linked with a move to sign a centre-half since Mourinho missed out on the key signing in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils were linked with a move to sign England’s breakthrough World Cup star Harry Maguire, but a deal for the Leicester City defender failed to materialise.
Manchester United were also rumoured to been keen on Tottenham Hotspur’s contract rebel Toby Alderweireld but the Belgian star remained at Spurs for another season.
Hernandez could be tempted to move to Manchester United given the presence of his compatriots Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial at the 20-time English champions.
However, the French pair have both reportedly experienced issues with current manager Mourinho, which could be a concern for the Atletico star.
The Marseille-born defender is a product of Atletico Madrid’s academy, having come through the youth ranks before breaking into the Atletico team under Diego Simeone.
Hernandez has made 93 appearances in all competitions over the past four seasons at los Rojiblancos, winning the Europa League and the Super Cup in the past 12 months.
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