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Man City tried and failed to sign Atletico Madrid brothers in the summer

Manchester hasn’t had a good defensive duo since the Neville brothers parted ways in 2005.

The Da Silva twins threatened but didn’t last long as a pair in Manchester, with Fabio shipped off to Cardiff in 2014.

But there could have been a new set of defensive brothers in town if Man City had their way in the summer.

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Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin revealed on Onda Cero that City had bids knocked back for Lucas and Theo Hernandez.

City met both Lucas and Theo’s release clauses, which were €20million and €6mil respectively, but neither wanted to move to England.

Marin explained: “Manchester City could afford to pay both clauses but everyone, the club, the players, their mother and their agent, thought the best thing for them was to continue their growth at Atletico.”

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Lucas, the elder of the two at 20, is further along his development than 19-year-old Theo.

He’s played nine times for Atleti this season, helping Diego Simeone’s side keep five clean sheets, and played the full 90 minutes against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

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Theo was sent on loan to fellow La Liga side Alaves in the summer to get first-team experience and has played all but two games for the newly promoted side.

The brothers signed new contracts in the summer in a bid to stave off City’s advances.

But when has that ever stopped them getting their man men?

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