Man Utd ready to beat Real Madrid to LaLiga star with £72m clause

Date published: Thursday 6th September 2018 9:33

Lucas Hernandez: Linked with City

Manchester United are ready to make a move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez in January, according to a report in France.

France Football claim that United are tracking the centre-back, who can also play at left-back, after scouting him last summer.

Don Balon again claimed he was on Jose Mourinho’s radar earlier this summer and now the French star appears to be still on United’s wanted list despite extending his contract in Madrid.

Hernandez, 22, extended his deal by two years to 2024 and told Marca he was grateful: “Atletico Madrid are the club of my life, they’ve given me everything and I’m very happy with my renewal because it was what I wanted most.

“They’ve always trusted me, since I came into the youth team and gambled on me, I’m very grateful.”

Real Madrid were also chasing Hernandez this summer after signing his brother Theo last year.

The report claims Real was ready to pay the €55million release clause and offer him €12million over the next five years.

Hernandez though decided to sign up at Atletico on a salary of  €8.5million with his release clause upped by Atletico to €80million.

 

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