Guardiola puts £20m-rated CL finalist on Man City’s transfer hit list

According to reports from The Sun, manager Pep Guardiola has made Atletico Madrid youngster Lucas Hernandez a transfer target for Manchester City.

The 20-year-old made his debut in April 2014 but truly broke into Atletico’s first team towards the end of last season, making ten La Liga appearances from February onwards and even coming on as a substitute in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

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The centre-back-come-emergency-left-back averaged an impressive 1.9 tackles, 3.1 interceptions, 3.5 clearances and 1.4 aerial duels per match in the Spanish top flight last term and that prominent start to his La Liga career has reportedly gained an admirer in Pep Guardiola.

The teenager’s Mattress Makers contract includes a £20million release clause, meaning the Spanish capital outfit will be powerless to stop him leaving if the Citizens launch a bid worth that sum – although manager Diego Simeone is trying to convince Hernandez to stay on for next season.

Hernandez is the son of Jean-Francois Hernandez, a former centre-half who plied his trade with Marseille, Rayo Vallecano and Atletico Madrid.