Javier Hernandez looks set to have a move to Lazio blocked thanks to FIFA rules.
The on-loan Real Madrid forward, who is contracted by Manchester United, has been linked with a move to the Seria A side where he hoped to get regular first team football.
But FIFA rules state that a player can only play for two clubs in any given season. The Mexican featured twice for the Red Devils prior to his summer deadline day move to the Santiago Bernabeu, meaning he would not be able to compete a switch to Lazio until the end of this season.
The 26-year-old joined Los Blancos after Van Gaal signed Radamel Falcao for the Old Trafford outfit. But the striker, who goes by the name Chicharito, has found life tough under Carlo Ancelotti and has had to make do with a role on the bench behind regulars Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
With Jese Rodriguez returning to full fitness, Hernandez’s chance of first team football at the Santiago Bernabeu look even more remote between now and the end of the campaign. The striker ideally wants the next six months to play regularly and put himself in the shop window to secure a move away from United at the end of the campaign.