AC Milan have confirmed their capture of Theo Hernandez from Real Madrid in a €20m deal.
Hernandez had only been on Real’s books since 2017 after completing a controversial €24m switch from city rivals Atletico Madrid. However, he ended up making just 23 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Los Blancos even shipped the 21-year-old off to Real Sociedad on a season-long loan deal last term, which saw him play 28 times to help Imanol Alguacil’s side finish a respectable ninth in La Liga.
Despite an impressive showing in San Sebastian, however, it quickly became obvious Hernandez no longer had a future at the Santiago Bernabeu following the €48m arrival of Ferland Mendy from Lyon.
The Frenchman’s arrival means competition for Marcelo’s left-back spot is set to go up another notch. Therefore, Sergio Reguilon has already gone away on a season-long loan deal at Sevilla for next term.
Initial reports had suggested Hernandez may have followed Reguilon’s route in taking up another loan deal. However, Real’s mega spending means that sales are a must now and it’s possible they forced a sale through instead.
So, Milan have announced on their website they had taken up an option to sign the Frenchman permanently for €20m and handed him a five-year contract.
Apparently, a one-on-one meeting with Paolo Maldini last month in Ibiza swayed Hernandez into joining Milan.
The former Atletico full-back’s San Siro arrival will likely raise doubts over the futures of Diego Laxalt and Ricardo Rodriguez, who had reportedly captured the interest of Barcelona.
Hernandez could make his Milan debut on July 24 in the International Champions Cup (ICC) against Bayern Munich, who signed his brother Lucas for €80m from Atletico this summer.