Bayern Munich might be forced to sell Lucas Hernandez to PSG

Lucas Hernandez, Bayern Munich, PSG
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PSG has set its sights on Lucas Hernandez to bolster the left side of their defensive line. However, the pursuit of the French international from Bayern Munich poses a significant challenge for the Parisian club if only because of the money the German side might demand in exchange for their player.

PSG have embarked on a crazy summer in which they have been much more proactive than reactive. Three players are set to join the team imminently: Milan Skriniar from Inter, Marco Asensio from Real Madrid, and Manuel Ugarte from Sporting (for a reported fee of €60m).

Despite completing all of these transfers not even two weeks into June, PSG's sporting advisor Luis Campos is not slowing down and is reportedly prepared to delve into other potential signings, including extracting France international Lucas Hernandez from Bayern.

Hernandez's future remains uncertain. With only a year left on his contract, PSG has made him their top priority in strengthening their defensive line if only because of the pressure Bayern will be under when it comes to selling him or risking losing him for nothing in 2024.

Talks have already taken place between the player and PSG's management, with initial indications being positive in the sense of the player favoring a move to the French capital. However, Bayern Munich is determined to keep the Frenchman and is eager to secure his contract extension. And even if that is not the case, odds are Bayern will demand a ridiculously high sum (quoted at around €50m) for anyone to get their defensive left-back.

German outlet Bild suggested last weekend that Bayern are ready to offer Hernandez a three-year deal. Meanwhile, PSG have allegedly presented a five-year contract with a salary hard to match by the Bavarian club.

Once they convince the player (which seems fairly easy and might have already been done), PSG will need to negotiate a fee with Bayern, though. According to Bild, talks could begin with an offer in the region of €50m. However, that might just be the floor Bayern are setting for any potential suitor.

Bild also reported that this saga is expected to reach a resolution next week. As Hernandez continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury sustained during the previous World Cup, he would like to have clarity about his future before June 14, when his vacation will begin before rejoining Bayern or moving away from Munich ahead of next season.

The situation is "very open" at this point, as confirmed by football insider Fabrizio Romano on Saturday. The recent change in management at Bayern has added an element of unpredictability. One thing is certain: Bayern will not allow Hernandez to leave on a free transfer next year. If he refuses to extend his contract, then PSG could find themselves in a strong negotiating position.