The international break provides clubs with the chance to review their strategies in view of the future, and the left-back role is reportedly the subject of reflection for AC Milan.
Calciomercato.com writes that due to a combination of physical ailments and tactical misunderstandings, Theo Hernandez was unable to make his usual contribution in the form of goals and assists.
However, Theo got his third consecutive assist after those against PSG and Lecce with France last night, albeit against Gibraltar and in a 14-0 win. Nevertheless, these are hopefully signs of a long-awaited rebirth after a difficult start to the season.
What about his future? Well, Theo and Milan are linked by a contract until 2026, with the mutual intention of extending it. The plan is to discuss another renewal in the spring, but what is certain is that – as demonstrated by the Sandro Tonali case – if huge offers arrive from abroad then it will cause discussions.
Milan are also thinking of lending a hand to the Frenchman, and are looking for a deputy on the market after Fode Ballo-Toure’s exit. Davide Bartesaghi is still inexperienced, while Alessandro Florenzi is not a natural on the left side.
In the summer Milan had looked for suitable players but had preferred to divert their efforts towards other roles. In January things could be different, with the number one candidate still Juan Miranda of Real Betis.
The Rossoneri and the Spaniard are close to agreeing a five-year contract at €2m net per season on what would be a free transfer. Milan’s intention to bring forward his arrival to January remains complicated and would involve raising the offer beyond €3m.