Everything seemed to indicate that Lucas Hernández (Marseille, 22 years old) would deposit on January 1 the 80 million euros set in his contract as a termination clause to sign for Bayern Munich. Now, from the surroundings of the French power station they admit that the operation with a view to an exit in the winter market that will begin with the new year has been slowed down, although they do not rule out that it is executed at the end of the present season by means of an agreement between the clubs. A less brusque and more peaceful solution than a unilateral break through the payment of the release clause.
Also from the Athletic they assure that the German club is not so inclined to carry out such a hostile movement in the middle of the course, although they do admit that negotiations will be held to agree on a possible transfer in the month of June. At Atlético, they already know of Bayern's strong interest in hiring Lucas against the rejuvenation of the squad that the Bavarian entity has already announced that it will undertake shortly.
With this braking for the operation to be carried out now, the Atlético leadership will have achieved satisfy the desire expressed by Diego Pablo Simeone when he learned that Lucas's immediate march to Bayern was more than possible. The coach conveyed to the club the need to do everything possible for the player to stay because the boy covers with guarantees both the central position as the left side.
With such a short template – only 20 professional chips – and the repetition of muscular injuries suffered by the Giménez, Godín, Savic and left-back Filipe Luis, for Simeone the permanence of Lucas it was a vital issue to face the second part of the season. Atlético are three points behind the leader of Barcelona in the league and in February they have to face a tough fight in the last 16 of the Champions League against Juventus in the edition in which the final of the tournament will be played in the Metropolitan Wanda.
The Lucas case has taken the more mercantilist side of football. The business above feelings. A player raised in the quarry willing to leave a club knowing the sports damage that would generate its march to this time of the season, intermediaries willing to make the transaction and a third club receptive to host a player who considers a key player for your future.
The lie has also made an appearance. Although at Atlético they think that the decision of the player has more to do with the interests of the environment of the player and his agent, according to sources close to the case, the will of Lucas for several months was to leave Atlético in the window of market that will open from next January 1. The footballer feels that the renewal signed three weeks before proclaiming himself world champion with France is no longer enough. The three million net euros a year that represented his new contract with Atlético have fallen short. Lucas' desire to find an improvement in his emoluments even led him to contact agents better positioned in the international market than his, the Spanish Manuel García Quilón.
After advancing the Marca newspaper on Wednesday the news that Bayern was willing to pay the termination clause in January, the player denied club owner Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, Simeone, to the sporting director Andrea Berta and to a captain of the team that had intention to go away now. A day later, in a meeting at the offices of the new stadium, the player and his agent already recognized before the rojiblanca leadership that the chances of leaving immediately to Bayern was true. The appointment was tense among some of the interlocutors who participated, but at the end of it, according to Atlético sources, the feeling of Gil Marín was that the player would stay, but nobody could put their hands on the fire for it. The club transmitted to the player that he could not now face an improvement in his emoluments when brushing and the limit of his ceiling of salary cost for this course, fixed by LaLiga in 293 million euros. The conversation turned around to try that Lucas delayed its march at least until the month of June. That was the intention of Atlético. And in that they have remained. Although, in this case, nobody trusts anyone.