CM: Numbers, leadership and market developments – how Theo became ‘Mr. €100m’

By Oliver Fisher -

Theo Hernandez was the best player on the field on Sunday when AC Milan beat Hellas Verona away from home, also scoring the opening goal, and it continued a very positive trend.

As write, Theo is back to being one of the most prominent players in a team that is back on track thanks also and above all to the performance of its stars, with performances that go beyond the numbers.

It seems as though everything clicked after the Frenchman’s conversion to central defender when there was a defensive emergency between October to December. That elevated his leadership status even more, and since moving back out wide he has been virtually unstoppable.

The five goals and 10 assists so far in 2023-24 – compared to the four and five of last season – are in line with the numbers of his best year with the Rossoneri (2020-21) when he finished with eight goals and as many assists.

His 11 goal contributions in 2024 so far show a clear acceleration, with numbers higher than the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Dusan Vlahovic, who are of course strikers for Milan’s two main rivals.

Theo has now caught Aldo Maldera on 27 goals and pulled within two of Paolo Maldini (29) who is the highest-scoring defender in the club’s history. The way things are going, he will catch and overtake his idol very quickly.

Since the 2019-20 season when he arrived in Serie A, no defender has contributed so heavily on a scoring level (28 goals and 38 assists). Broadening the search to be Europe-wide, his stats are only behind wing-backs like Achraf Hakimi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Rafa Guerreiro.

The problem with being in such good form is that other clubs notice it. The 26-year-old has a contract until 2026 and has not hidden in the recent past his desire to continue his adventure with the Rossoneri.

In the next few weeks negotiations will begin to try to reach an agreement to extend the current deal and adjust the salary upwards of €4m net per season plus bonuses, an obligatory move in light of the Bayern Munich’s interest.

They do still retain hope of convincing Alphonso Davies to stay in Germany, but have started to look around in case the Canadian reiterates his desire to fulfil his dream of wearing the shirt of Real Madrid.

Milan have ‘informally expressed an unofficial position on their valuation of Theo Hernandez’, as per the report. The man of the moment, the turning point in this first part of 2024, will not leave for less than €100m. In fact, they even call him ‘Mr. €100m’.

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  1. Unless he asking to leave ,better not sell him .You can sell Tonali because he is easily to replace but Theo are hard to replace. ACM can still use him 5-6 years if he agree renew contract

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