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REAL MADRID will demand Javier Hernandez in any cash-plus-player deal for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United had hoped to tempt the Spanish giants with an offer of £65million plus Nani.
But Real want Hernandez and are set to bid £25m even if a deal for Ronaldo falls through.
Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain have already bid £80m for Ronaldo — the fee United sold him for in 2009.
And Premier League champs United are one of the few clubs that could afford the 28-year-old megastar.
Yesterday they reported record income of more than £92m for the first three months of 2013.
And while vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists there will be no overhaul of the squad, United are encouraged by Ronaldo’s preference for a return to Old Trafford if he does leave Real.
Hernandez could clinch the deal but United boss Alex Ferguson wants to hold on to the Mexican.
Fergie understands his striker’s frustration after only seven league starts this season.
But he said: “There is no reason to think this is not the place for him.
“We hope he feels he has made a contribution.
“He has scored 16 goals and his enthusiasm to play is always there.”
Fergie is also linked with swoops for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski and Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao.