Lucas Hernandez is open to leaving Bayern Munich in favour of a return to La Liga amidst interest from Real Madrid.
According to a report from Defensa Central, Real Madrid are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez, who would be open to a summer move to Spain. However, Los Blancos will have to shell out a sum of €60 million for his services.
Formerly of Atletico Madrid, Lucas Hernandez’s stock rose after playing a key role in France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup triumph. After making over 100 appearances for the Colchoneros, the 26-year-old secured a transfer to Bayern Munich in 2019 in a deal worth €80 million. The versatile defender, who can play at centre-back and left-back, has at times been in and out of the side at the Allianz Arena.
However, he has emerged as a regular fixture in the side in the current season under Julian Nagelsmann. Despite that, the French international is believed to be keen on a change of scenery and would lean towards a return to Spain, amid interest from Real Madrid.
The Merengues are in the market for reinforcements in defence as they are lacking quality backup options beyond Eder Militao and David Alaba. Nacho Fernandez is on the wrong side of his thirties, while Jesus Vallejo is likely to be sold in the summer. So, a new defender will be a key area of focus for Real Madrid come summer.
At the same time, there have also been murmurs over the long-term future of Ferland Mendy, with reports claiming that the current La Liga leaders could sell him due to his wage demands. Such a situation would create a vacancy in the left-back slot, especially with Marcelo also set to depart when his contract runs out at the end of the season.
In that scenario, bringing in a player of Hernandez’s experience and versatility could prove to be a wise move for Real Madrid. The 26-year-old can provide cover in both positions, allowing Carlo Ancelotti to use him at centre-back and push David Alaba out on the left or vice-versa.
With the player himself keen on an exit, it stands to work in favour of Los Blancos if they decide to approach Bayern Munich in the summer. However, the report states that any deal to sign the Frenchman would cost Real Madrid around the €60 million mark, given that he still has over two years left on his contract with Die Roten.
Whether Real Madrid are willing to meet that valuation or decide to look for other options, such as Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea, who will be a free agent, remains to be seen.