THEO HERNANDEZ has reportedly passed a medical ahead of a stunning £20million switch from Atletico to Real Madrid.
Marca say that the 19-year-old left-back is set to move across the city this summer, with the deal to be announced after the Copa del Rey final.
And that should ensure a red-hot atmosphere at the Vicente Calderon for Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final second leg.
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The France youth international – whose brother Lucas plays in Atletico’s first team – has impressed on loan at Alaves this season.
And he’s helped them to within a game of silverware, when they face Barcelona on May 27.
The Catalan giants were also thought to be keeping tabs on Hernandez, but it appears that Los Blancos have all but clinched his signature.
It would shatter the ‘non-aggression pact’ that has been in place between the clubs in recent years.
That policy has previously scuppered Real’s hopes of signing the likes of Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and Jose Maria Gimenez.
It’s claimed that Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez tried to lure the youngster to the Nou Camp.
But the bid appears to have failed, with Hernandez having set his heart on a move to Zinedine Zidane’s club after they agreed to meet the Marseille-born ace’s release fee.
However, Hernandez’s agent denies that a deal has been struck.
Manuel Garcia Quilon told Footmercato: “For now he’s not close to either of the teams.
“Both are really interested, but we’ve not closed anything with either of them.
“There are concrete offers -both have made an offer to the level of his release clause – but we haven’t chosen.
“Theo will be the person who decides where he wants to go. They pay the clause and then it’s up to the player to decide which team he wants to go to.”
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said last week: “We have no intention of selling any player, but if another club comes with an offer which could be interesting to a player, they should talk to us.
“I always say that players will play where they want to play. If a player is ready to be transferred, then they can look for whatever club they want.
“Theo is an Atletico Madrid player. If he is not tomorrow then we will find out why.”