The eyes of the world are on Theo Hernandez and France at the moment as they stand on the cusp of World Cup glory, but AC Milan are not worried about the future.
Calciomercato.com report how Leao did not mince his words regarding his thoughts on Theo, tweeting: ‘The best left back in the world’. France managed to get the better of Morocco last night, and they owe much of it to the early goal that the left-back scored to prevent any nerves or frustrations keeping in and allowing Les Bleus to dictate the tempo.
Leao’s words obviously hold weight but with some team-mate bias, but is Theo the best left-back in the world? It is an idea that is gaining steam given that Joao Cancelo for example is brilliant with Guardiola but Fernando Santos diverted him to the right and then excluded him.
Injury affected Nuno Mendes’ World Cup, while Alphonso Davies was played as a winger for Canada scoring one goal. Some players did not even go to Qatar like Andrew Robertson or Robin Gosens, who hasn’t yet found the glories of his Atalanta days at Inter.
No one has kept up with Theo and it is logical to ask how much the full-back would cost now, given the Rossoneri paid €23m to sign him in the summer of 2019. Considering the market trend, it is not unreasonable to think that he is worth the same as Achraf Hakimi, who went from Inter to PSG for €70m.
Performances like the ones Theo has shown obviously attract the interest of top clubs. PSG have tried hard in the past, just as Manchester City made an enquiry before his renewal, while there has been a suggestion of a reunion with his brother Lucas at Bayern Munich, who plays as a full-back there which complicates this scenario.
The eyes of the European big names are inevitably focused on a player considered the best in a role, but that does not scare Milan who back in February renewed Theo’s deal until 2026 with a sizeable pay rise to reflect his development and importance.
Maldini has said in the past that there are ‘no more non-transferable players’ but this does not mean that a sale is in Milan’s plans. On the contrary, he is a cornerstone in Pioli’s and the club’s project, he is happy in Milano where his first child was born and the common intention is to continue his adventure with the Rossoneri to aim for more trophies.