Manchester City were linked with two lesser known Atlético Madrid names last summer in the form of French brothers Lucas and Theo Hernández. AS had reported that the Blues were showing strong interest in the two youngsters and that Atléti were preparing new deals as a countermeasure.
Atlético Madrid are looking to raise the release clauses of brothers
Lucas Hernández (20) and Theo Hernández (18) after City interest. [AS]
— City Watch (@City_Watch) July 19, 2016
And now, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, the Chief Executive Officer of Atlético Madrid, has revealed publicly that City’s interest was serious and even included an approach for the brothers.
Miguel Ángel Gil: "Este verano llegó una oferta muy importante del Manchester City por Lucas y Theo Hernández" pic.twitter.com/qgsR1ea6hO
— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) December 27, 2016
Speaking to the El Transistor radio show on Onda Cero in Spain, Gil confirmed the story, saying, “This summer, a very important offer reached us from Manchester City for Lucas and Theo Hernández.”
Little was said beyond that, but obviously the two did not move to the Etihad, so presumably the offer was turned down by Los Colchoneros.
Theo Hernández, now 19, is a left-back who is currently on loan from Atlético to Alavés, where Manchester City youngster Manu García has also been farmed out to. 20-year-old Lucas Hernández, a France under-21 international, is a little more advanced in his development and has made six appearances in La Liga for the Madrid side this season. He also played 90 minutes in the Champions League away trip to Bayern Munich and is gradually becoming more prominent in Diego Simeone’s plans.
Will City return for the pair next summer? Only time will tell, but confirmation from Atlético Madrid’s CEO of the interest is as reliable as it gets and it’s probable that City scouts still have their eyes on the talented brothers.