Real Madrid are reportedly ready to offload Theo Hernandez from Santiago Bernabeu only a year after his arrival at the club.
According to a report published by Spanish Publication Marca, Real Madrid are planning to move Theo Hernandez away from the club and trying to incorporate a buy-back option in the offer, only after a year of his arrival to the Spanish side.
Hernandez was signed by Real Madrid last year after he enjoyed a sensational rise to prominence with Alaves during his loan tenure with the Basque minnows from Atletico Madrid. His exhibits at Alaves propelled Florentino Perez to end the “non-aggression” pact between Real Madrid and their city rivals Los Rojiblancos, which meant the two clubs would never sign players from each other.
After his arrival, the 20-year-old defender soon became an able deputy to Marcelo on the left flank. He has slowly developed into his new surroundings over the course and has been regarded by Los Blancos as a long-term solution on the left side of the defence.
However, being the second choice after Marcelo in the starting lineup, it has limited his game-time, with the 20-year-old defender only making 22 appearances across all competitions last season. Further, the rumoured arrival of Marcos Alonso to Real Madrid this summer, amid a squad overhaul under the newly appointed manager Julen Lopetegui would bring Hernandez even lower down in the pecking order.
Hence, Real Madrid are considering to sell him with a buy-back option, in order to make him reach his full potential with the help of ample amount of game-time. Meanwhile, Liverpool were among the clubs to have heavily scouted Hernandez two seasons ago during his impressive campaign on loan at Alaves.
But, the Merseyside club’s past interest in Hernandez is likely to have been waned given Andrew Robertson’s surge as their first-choice left-back last season have fulfilled their shortages. Moreover, the inclusion of a buyback clause might also prevent European giants like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and PSG from reigniting their interest as it would ensure that Los Merengues will remain in control of his long-term prospect ahead, which these clubs would not prefer to deal with in the future.
Despite it, the report suggests that Real Madrid expects a great number of clubs to make their interest known in the coming weeks, and foresee earning a reasonable amount from the sale of the player before the summer transfer window ends.
It is a positive step to nourish the talent of France U-20 player, as Hernandez has a lot of football potential and Real Madrid fancy it to prosper by this move, as they did with Dani Carvajal and Casemiro, who enjoyed their spells at Bayer Leverkusen and Porto respectively before becoming integral members of the first-team. Hence, a bright future potentially beckons for him in the years to come.