Lucas Hernandez has not been stellar in his inaugural season with Bayern Munich. Aside of battling three injuries over the course of 2019/20, Hernandez has also struggled with consistency on the pitch for the Bavarians.
In all, Hernandez has missed a total of 19 games, totaling 118 days of downtime. Despite some red flags on his health while at Atletico Madrid, the Bavarians clearly did not anticipate how this season would play out both in terms of Hernandez’s injuries and performance.
In addition, Hernandez has struggled to break into the starting XI when healthy, despite center-back Niklas Sule missing the majority of the season with a knee injury and Joshua Kimmich shifting from right-back to the central midfield. Neither of those lineup adjustments offered up an opportunity for Hernandez, who appears to be behind David Alaba, Benjamin Pavard, Alphonso Davies, and Jerome Boateng in the current defensive pecking order.
Factoring in all of that — and despite how unlikely it might seem on the surface for Bayern Munich to let a player leave after only one season — it is no surprise that Paris Saint-Germain sees an opportunity to swoop in. Per a report by Spanish outlet Cadena SER, PSG allegedly wants to give Hernandez a fresh start as the replacement for club stalwart Thiago Silva.
For those doubting the validity of that report, a certain German journalist weighed in with his own style of affirmation:
The Cadena SER report indicates that Bayern Munich “wouldn’t mind recovering an investment that was around 80 million euros.” Interestingly, Cadena SER’s story also states that PSG is interested in Hernandez’s brother, Theo, as a replacement for Layvin Kurzawa.
Hernandez has become quite a divisive figure among Bayern Munich fans. Some are still tantalized by his physical ability and potential, while others cannot see a way for him to break into the lineup as starter unless there are a plethora of injuries or if Alaba and Boateng decide to leave Bavaria this summer. At 24, Hernandez has the physical tools and skill to be a very effective player over the next six-to-eight years if he can stay healthy.
Therein lies the rub.
Bayern Munich might have the opportunity to cash out its chips and break even on a player it is not even sure it will need in the future. This is surely a unique chance to recoup funds at a time where the club sorely needs them.
Regardless of what happens with Hernandez, however, the planning around the €80 million that the Bavarians already spent on the France international will absolutely be scrutinized should Hernandez, Bayern Munich, and PSG collaborate to push through a transfer this summer.