Why Manchester United failed to sign France star Lucas Hernandez despite meeting £71m buy-out clause

failed to sign Lucas Hernandez this summer despite meeting the star’s £71million buy-out clause, reports say.

was determined to sign a top defender during the summer transfer window and identified Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld as his two top targets.

Hernandez, who has developed into a key player for Atletico since making his debut in 2014, also emerged as a target, according to .


It is claimed the Red Devils – along with Manchester rivals City – launched moves to sign the France international in the first week of August.

Manchester United reportedly met Hernandez’s buy-out clause – which was raised to £71m after he signed a new long-term deal – and were prepared to double his current salary.

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But after a few days of consideration, Marca say Hernandez rejected the Premier League giants because he was determined to stay at Atletico.

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As well as impressing for La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, Hernandez has emerged as a key player for France, helping Didier Deschamps’ side win the World Cup in the summer.

Manchester United and Man City are both expected to revive their interest in the 22-year-old when the transfer window re-opens in January.

But the Premier League clubs will face competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona, who have both also expressed interest in signing Hernandez over the past year.



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