AC Milan transfers: Should the Rossoneri exploit Man Utd and Man City’s interest in Theo Hernandez?

There is serious interest from Manchester United and Manchester City in AC Milan's Theo Hernandez, but would it cause Milan too many issues to cash in on the Frenchman?

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AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez has attracted the interest of Manchester United as well as Manchester City, but the two Premier League clubs will have to produce a lucrative offer if they are to have any chance of luring the France international from the Italian giants.

The 25-year-old has become an integral part of the Rossoneri squad since his arrival from Real Madrid in 2019, and his ability to make marauding runs from defence has earned him admiration from other clubs.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan consider Hernandez to be an important player and they will not accept any bids below €60 million for him. Persuading the Rossoneri will be the first challenge for the Manchester clubs, but they might also have difficulty convincing the Frenchman to leave.

Man Utd want to beat Man City to Hernandez signature

Out of the two Mancunian sides, United are reportedly the most eager of the duo to sign Hernandez. Red Devils coach Erik ten Hag earned the English giants Champions League qualification in his first season in charge and they are looking for reinforcements. The Milan left-back can provide competition for England international Luke Shaw or take his place in the starting line-up.

Although Pep Guardiola implemented the 3-2-4-1 formation in the 2022/23 campaign, the arrival of a player like Hernandez would allow the Manchester City coach to revert back to a four-man defence. With his pace, delivery from the wings, and ability to dribble past opponents, the 25-year-old would be a natural fit for the Citizens.

Theo Hernandez celebrates for AC Milan. [@acmilan]

Hernandez expected to stay at AC Milan for the time being

There have been a few players such as Mike Maignan, Rafael Leao, and Sandro Tonali, who have been linked with moves away from Milan, but they prefer to stay in Italy.

The French goalkeeper has been given assurances about the club project despite the sacking of Paolo Maldini as technical director; the Portuguese winger extended his contract until 2028 and has a buyout close of €170 million; and the Italian midfielder is a childhood Rossoneri supporter, who will not entertain offers from elsewhere.

Hernandez has settled well in Milan. He is contracted to Il Diavolo until 2026, his wage has gone from €1.5 million to €4 million a year, and his partner Zoe gave birth to their first child, Theo Junior, in the Lombard capital. It would take a significant pay increase to make him think of leaving.

From a football perspective, the 25-year-old would leave a huge void as Fode Ballo-Toure has proven to be an insufficient backup. This would force Milan to look for more than one replacement for the energetic left-back.

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