Hernandez Wants Atletico Stay
Manchester United put in a bid for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez according to reports from Spain.
The France international has been linked with a number of clubs with Spanish newspaper Marca claiming that United, Real Madrid and Manchester City have all been in touch with ‘dizzying’ offers .
Hernandez, 22, put pen to paper on a new contract with Atletico earlier this year. The deal saw his release fee rise from €55million (£48million) to €80million (£70.1million).
But speaking to French radio station RMC, he insisted that he isn’t looking to leave Atletico – at least for the time being.
“I hope to stay with Atletico for a long time. But football moves very quickly and if an offer comes in that cannot be refused.”
Manchester United are still in the market for a defender with Jose Mourinho having been disappointed in his efforts to recruit a new centre-back during the summer transfer window.
Marca’s report suggests that United’s bid for Hernandez wasn’t recent. It was more likely to have been lodged during the summer. Real Madrid looked closer to signing him and reuniting him with his younger brother Theo Hernandez.
Mata Set For Contract Negotiations
Manchester United are set to have talks over a new deal for Juan Mata. The 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is believed to be ready to leave the club.
Mata is free to open talks with overseas clubs from 1 January and has been linked with a move back to one of his former clubs, Valencia. Officials from the two clubs earlier this month met when the Spanish club faced United in a Champions League tie at Old Trafford.
The Sun quotes a ‘source’ at Old Trafford as suggesting that playing time is more important than money from Mata. That leaves him in a difficult position given that he has only made five Premier League appearances for United so far this season with only two of those coming as a starter.
Mata’s father, also named Juan, acts as his agent and is believed to be unhappy at how the situation has been allowed to drag on.
Any new deal is likely to be of one year’s duration.