Arsenal are considering paying the full €40 million release clause for Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso, according to the Daily Cannon.
The 23-year-old has been very impressive for Espanyol in the La Liga this season, and has received his first call up to the Spanish national team for his efforts.
Hermoso left Real Madrid in 2017 without making a single first team appearance after coming through their academy.
With his sudden rise, there are now rumors that the Los Blancos want to activate their buy-back clause of €7.5 million.
The defender has been instrumental in Espanyol’s run to fifth position on the table this season, playing every minute in the league so far and scoring a couple of goals along the way, while also keeping five clean sheets.
Its no wonder he is starting to catch the interest of big clubs, interests which are likely to increase if he makes his international debut.
Arsenal will have to pay close to his release clause of €40 million, and it is believed they are willing to pay it as early as January to beat Madrid to his signature.
Madrid would still benefit if he moves to Arsenal or any other club as they will get half of his transfer fee, according to an agreement they have with Espanyol.
It is unlikely that Arsenal will make a move of that amount for a defender in January as they don’t seem to be having an emergency in that position and can’t afford such luxury at the moment.Follow Football News Arena on Facebook and Twitter for the latest transfer news, injury news, team news and rumours from across the major Leagues in Europe and around the World.