City And United Renew Interest In €80m-Rated World Cup Winner

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The two giants of Manchester have expressed their interest in Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez.

The Frenchman starred in Atletico’s La Liga encounter against Barcelona on Sunday, despite Los Rojiblancos dropping two valuable points at the death post the late strike from Ousmane Dembele.

The crucial fixture saw Hernandez surprisingly feature as the left-sided centre-back, vacating the left-back role he has consistently occupied at both club and country in recent months.

Now, Marca have revealed that this switch from the flanks to a more central area could end up being a more permanent one.

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The report states that the 2018 World Cup winner sees himself as a centre-back more than a left-back, and he intends to develop centrally as his career progresses.

This positional change, in turn, has attracted some interest from the western parts of Europe, as English giants Manchester City as well as Manchester United have lodged their interest in the player.

The two Mancunian juggernauts have been keeping tabs on the 22-year-old for a while, but his shift to the center appears to have peaked their interests further.

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United have been in major need of defensive reinforcements, especially in central defence, what with Luke Shaw having made the left-back spot his own. Therefore, Jose Mourinho is very likely to jump at the chance of signing a left-sided centre-back.

City, on the other hand, are quite full in both the centre-back and left-back departments, despite the recent injury to Benjamin Mendy. Thus, their pursuit of Lucas makes lesser sense as compared to their inter-city rivals.

Marca further add that Atletico value their starlet in the region of €80m, which is ‘more than accessible’ for the two clubs, considering the talent and potential possessed by the ‘central (defender) who is already a leader’.