Update — 3:50PM EST: Hernandez might really want PSG transfer
According to a report from Foot Mercato, Paris Saint-Germain has “taken the lead” over Bayern Munich in the mind of Lucas Hernandez. The report also states that the Frenchman is “determined” to join PSG:
While the turmoil at the head of the Bayern Munich management could help Thomas Tuchel convince Lucas Hernandez to extend the adventure, the French international defender remains determined to join PSG.
Thomas Tuchel was not necessarily aligned with the former leaders, especially on the recruitment tracks, as well as on the players to keep. Lucas Hernandez is one of those thorny cases. The new Bayern management team will try to influence the fate of the Frenchman, whom Tuchel is doing everything to retain. However, according to our information, for the moment, PSG have taken the lead in the player’s mind.
While his contract extension was once considered a “shoo-in”, Paris Saint-Germain thrust itself into the mix last week and has — allegedly — offered a financial package and sporting perspective that has Hernandez reconsidering his previous thoughts about a deal with Bayern Munich.
According to a report from Sky Sport journalist Lucas Hernandez, PSG has made Hernandez a priority and the Frenchman is contemplating the proposal despite pleas from Thomas Tuchel to stay in Bavaria:
News #Hernández: Been told #PSG boss Al-#Khelaifi definitely wants him! Very difficult situation now. He‘s still hesitating to extend until 2027. More Bayern talks with him took place last week. Tuchel is pushing for him every day. He talked to him a lot this weekend again.
➡️ Lucas has a big offer from PSG on the table confirmed
➡️ Big salary increase included
➡️ No official offer (BFW Editor’s Note: to Bayern Munich) from Paris yet.
While a versatile and valuable player for Bayern Munich, Hernandez does carry a lengthy injury history. With Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano on the roster, the Bavarians are covered for starting positions should Hernandez leave, but the club would likely have to invest in another starting caliber center-back to rotate with the duo.
As Plettenberg notes, it remains to be seen what kind of offer PSG would actually make to Bayern Munich for a transfer fee as well.