French World Cup winning star Lucas Hernandez could become the world’s most expensive defender after reports in Spain emerged linking the 22 year old to a January move to Bayern Munich. The Bavarian giants are reportedly willing to match his release clause (85 million euros) which will make young Hernandez the world’s most expensive defender, eclipsing the fee Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk last season.
It would be interesting to see if the transfer materialises- Bayern are normally not known for spending such amounts of money- it would essentially be more than double than that of their current record signing (Corentin Tollisso). However one could argue that the market has reached a stage where such fees are “normal”, and Bayern need to spend heavily on reinforcements if they are to challenge for continental honours again.
Hernandez normally plays at centre back, but currently operates at left back for Atletico Madrid owing to Filipe’s injuries. He would fit in nicely at Bayern- a back for of Alaba, Hernandez, Sule and Kimmich looks quite potent, and Bayern’s great recent record with French players might make a transfer to Munich quite enticing for young Hernandez. It might also mean that one of Hummels and Boateng, or maybe both, might leave the Allianz Arena soon.