It has been widely reported that a year ago, Manchester City tried to sign Kylian Mbappé for £34.5 million when he’d played just a handful of games for Monaco. But, a less documented story is City’s efforts to sign two young players from Atlético Madrid. They were the brothers Lucas and Theo Hernández. Lucas is now a regular in the heart of the Atléti defence and recently signed a new deal, while Theo has been outstanding on loan at Deportivo Alavés. It is clear that City have excellent talent-spotters around the globe, even if club bosses don’t always manage to sign the players.
Back in December, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, the Chief Executive Officer of Atlético Madrid, revealed publicly that City’s interest had made an approach for both Hernández brothers last summer, but failed to sign them.
Lucas recently signed a new deal at the Vicente Calderón, but Theo, a speedy left-back who has won comparisons to Gareth Bale, has continued to be linked with a move to City. Unfortunately, Barcelona and Real Madrid also entered the equation and news in recent minutes from Marca has claimed that he has already passed a medical to join Atlético’s fiercest rivals, Real Madrid.
Theo has a €24 million release clause, which Real Madrid will trigger, and the intention is for the signing to be announced after his loan club, Alavés, meet Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
Had Manchester City been successful in their approach next year, they might now have two of Spanish football’s brightest young talents on the books. But you can’t win ’em all, and if Txiki Begiristain does manage to lure Alex Sandro away from Juventus, few will be too upset at missing out on Theo Hernández.
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