It seems Theo Hernandez is the hottest young talent in Spanish football at present. When both Real Madrid and Barcelona are fighting for your signature and willing to give up a lot in return, it helps to cement that thought process. He has a buy-out clause of €24 million that will seem a pittance once he gets to show off his talent at a top club (no offence to all of our Alaves fans).
Barcelona are reportedly willing to give up Jordi Alba, Spain’s starting left-back and a player who came up through the youth system, even though he did leave and eventually came back.
Real Madrid have made Theo their number one objective. They have Benjamin Mendy as a Plan B but the younger of the Hernandez brothers is the real target. Mendy has been mentioned as Theo becomes a more difficult signing for Atletico’s neighbours. It would also seem that there is something in the works if Real Madrid are willing to start looking elsewhere already.
According to Onda Cero journalist, Atletico are keen not to sell to Real Madrid, which could have pushed him directly into the arms of the Catalans.
Hernandez is reportedly upset at being forced to play last season in the third division when he thought he was good enough to play at a higher level. Based on this knowledge and the fact that he is going to be world class, it is obvious that the biggest clubs could come knocking.
Simeone was cryptic when news first broke that Theo was wanted by Real Madrid when he said, “I spoke with Theo a month or so ago. We know what we said to each other.”
Theo obviously thinks he is good enough to start but Filipe Luis is still playing at a very high level. It will be interesting to see if Simeone and Atletico can dig their heels in a keep the 19-year-old at the club.