Manchester City were linked with Theo Hernandez in the recent past but the full-back is now closing in on an agreement with his current club, AC Milan over an extension.
Theo Hernandez’s current contract runs out in 2024 but the French full-back’s standout performances for Milan have seen him being linked with a move to City, Chelsea and PSG.
The 26-year-old is closing in on an agreement with Milan to extend his stay until 2026, putting an abrupt end to the rumors linking him with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola is looking for a marquee signing when it comes to the left defensive flank. Joao Cancelo has somehow filled the void left by Benjamin Mendy this season but the Cityzens want a natural left-footed full-back.
Even though the Cityzens were in a strong position to sign the former Real Madrid man, Calciomercato understands that Hernandez rejected all offers from City, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain.
The player wants to continue at the San Siro, making a move for him unlikely at this point in time.
A missed opportunity for City?
While City would have benefitted by signing Hernandez, there is simply nothing much they could have done. The source also understands that the player will earn €4 million per season after taxes. These are numbers that the Cityzens can easily afford, thus effectively ruling out the financial part of the drama.
Failing to change Hernandez’s mind over a potential switch to the Etihad will be a missed opportunity for the defending Premier League champions. The French international is a natural full-back and one of the better players in his position.
He would have offered a bit more depth to Pep Guardiola, with his attacking runs and the ability to stretch the defensive line. Moreover, his crossing skills and finishing abilities would simply make him an asset. The player is pacy and is strong physically, standing at 6ft tall. He would offer an aerial threat to the opposition as well. He has scored 4 times this season, while assisting on 5 occasions, from 20 appearances.
The Cityzens must now shift their focus to other options.
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