Manchester City have been heavily linked with AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez in the past, and Txiki Begiristain should definitely try and bring him to the Etihad Stadium after a sensational World Cup.
It was suggested during the summer that the Citizens were planning a £100m swoop for the France international as Pep Guardiola looked to add to his full-back options, with Kyle Walker set to turn 33 next year.
City currently have Joao Cancelo and Sergio Gomez at left-back, with Josh Wilson-Esbrand also seemingly on the verge of breaking into the first team at the Etihad, which suggests that Guardiola is not currently short of options in that position.
However, Hernandez has proven himself to be a world-class left-back in recent years with AC Milan, contributing five goals and six assists in Serie A last season as the Rossoneri won the Scudetto.
Milan legend Paolo Maldini has tipped the left-back to surpass even his legacy at the San Siro, singing his praises last season.
The Rossoneri technical director said: “If Theo plays just a third of the matches I played, he will surpass me. This is very clear, I was never much of a goalscorer. If he were to surpass me, I’d be happy, because I’d enjoy these goals as well.
“Theo is a very special full-back. He’s absolutely a full-back, but what he does isn’t done by anyone else, above all for his ability to finish, to assist and burst forward.”
He has also been hugely impressive in Qatar with France, contributing one goal and two assists en route to the final as Didier Deschamps’ side aim to win consecutive World Cup titles by defeating Argentina on Sunday.
The 25-year-old was arguably the star performer on Wednesday night as France defeated Morocco 2-0 to seal their place in the final, and Begiristain should definitely consider a January move for the full-back after such an eye-catching display.
As per Sofascore, Hernandez earned an 8.2/10 rating for his performance against the Atlas Lions, which ranked him as the best player on the pitch.
The former Real Madrid man opened the scoring with an acrobatic finish, which emphasised his ability in attack. He was also extremely solid in defence and nullified the threat of Morocco’s danger man Hakim Ziyech, who earned a shocking 5.9/10 rating after completing none of his five dribble attempts.
Hernandez also contributed four tackles and won seven of his eight duels, with a success rate of 88%. That is a significant increase on the 1.8 tackles he has averaged per match with AC Milan this season, which emphasises how much he raised his game on Wednesday night.
Therefore, Begiristain should definitely look at bringing Hernandez to the Etihad next month, as it seems clear that he could be a world-class prospective addition to Guardiola’s squad.
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