World Cup and Europa League champion Lucas Hernandez could be the next big ticket Manchester United defender if he doesn’t join his brother at Real Madrid.
France Football has the report, saying that the Atletico Madrid left (and center) back may have his $93 million release clause triggered by Jose Mourinho this winter, making it two Hernandez brothers purchased by European giants.
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Theo Hernandez, 20, won the Champions League with Real Madrid after being purchased from Atleti for around $28 million, a rare exception to Real’s history of not buying players from its intracity rival. Theo is on loan at Real Sociedad this season.
Lucas Hernandez has 12 caps for France and has made 90 appearances for Atleti at the age of 22. He’s less than a year older than resurgent United left back Luke Shaw.
His flexibility, age, and experience are the perfect fit for United (or Real, though new Real boss Julen Lopetegui’s loaning of Theo might make Lucas hesitant). It’s also worth noting that Lucas is the perfect fit to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano, and that Atleti’s left center back Diego Godin (32) and left back Filipe Luis (33) are both moving up in age.
A new deal for Lucas is likely to be headed his way at Atleti.