Theo Hernández is officially a new player of Milan, arriving in a €20 million deal.
Pre-season training starts in three days and Marco Giampaolo will have a new left-back to work with, as the transfer of 21-year-old Theo Hernández from Real Madrid has now become official.
The contract of Theo, who over the last three seasons in La Liga completed 129 dribbles (more than any other player), was deposited in the Lega Calcio yesterday and on Saturday the official came.
“Real Madrid and Milan have agreed the transfer of Theo Hernández,” Los Blancos wrote on their website. “The club would like to thank Theo for his hard work and professionalism during the time he has spent here and wishes him the best of luck in this new stage of his career.”
There was a bit of confusion on whether Milan are signing Theo on a loan with obligation to buy, or on a permanent basis, but in the end it’s a permanent deal with the total cost being €20 million. The Frenchman has signed a contract for five years and he will be making a reported €2m per season.
The statement on the official website of the Rossoneri reads:
“Milan (the Club) announces the agreement with Real Madrid Club de Fùtbol for the definitive acquisition of the registration rights of Theo Bernard Franҫois Hernández (Theo Hernández). The French left-back joins the Club on a permanent deal, penning a five-year contract until 30 June 2024. Milan has filed the contract and in the next 48 hours will complete the international transfer through the FIFA TMS system.
“Born in Marseille on October 6, 1997, Theo came through the youth ranks of Atletico Madrid and made his début in the Spanish Club’s second team in 2015. In the next season, he moved to Deportivo Alavés on loan, making 38 appearances and scoring two goals for the club. In the summer of 2017, he signed with Real Madrid FC collecting 23 appearances and winning one European Super Cup, one Spanish Super Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup and one UEFA Champions League. During the 2018-2019 season, he featured 28 times for Real Sociedad, scoring one goal.
“Over his professional career, he has made 69 appearances in the Spanish Liga, 3 in the UEFA Champions League, 16 in the Copa del Rey and one in the Spanish Super Cup. To date, Theo is the youngest defender with at least 50 appearances in the Spanish Liga since 2016/17, his début season.”
Milan are expected to complete the signing of Rade Krunić from Empoli in the next days as well, while Ismaël Bennacer’s transfer may only be announced when he’s done with the AFCON.