Believe it or not, what started as a silly rumor smacked right in the middle of a hot June might actually be about to turn into one of the boldest transfers of the window: PSG and Lucas Hernandez have reached an agreement and it's now up to Bayern to agree on a transfer fee in order for the transfer to happen.
According to L'Equipe, in a report published on Sunday, June 25, the France international is "on the verge of joining PSG," citing discussions being "already underway between PSG and Bayern Munich" regarding the potential transfer fee.
The French newspaper also quotes the transfer fee at "around €35m to €40m," which would be a substantial discount on the initial amount demanded by Bayern of €60m that was reported a few days ago.
Hernandez, however, must have forced the issue with his contract expiring next summer and the German giants facing the very real possibility of losing him for nothing, opting instead to get at least something in return.
On Sunday morning, football insider Fabrizio Romano confirmed there is an agreement in place between PSG and Lucas Hernandez. "Paris Saint-Germain have sealed a verbal agreement on personal terms with Lucas Hernandez. [PSG] hope to advance in talks with Bayern next week," he tweeted.
This pretty much confirms the veracity of the interest of PSG in landing Hernandez, and considering the reputation boasted by Romano and his accurate reporting, we should also believe that both parties have reached an agreement already.
However, any potential transfer from Bayern to PSG still depends on the German side ultimately agreeing to what they consider a fair price for their player. That is a whole different story and one that might drag on for a while and take us deep into the summer as both teams try to negotiate the best possible deal for them.
L'Equipe's report mentions PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi as the main person in charge of the talks for the potential transfer with new Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen, who took over the position after the departure of club legend Oliver Kahn earlier this month.
Considering Bayern signed Hernandez for a big €80m fee back when they reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid, if PSG can really pull off the transfer for half that price or even less they would come out as the absolute winners of this deal.
Of course, Hernandez has missed time in the past with a lengthy injury history (he's missed more than 80 games in all competitions throughout his career), and that should give PSG some leverage when it comes to negotiating a lower fee, even considering the risk of completing such a move involving an oft-injured player.
With only one addition to the defensive line confirmed (Milan Skriniar from Internazionale), PSG would do good to bring Lucas Hernandez in and then keep scouting the transfer market to see if they can add more warm bodies to a very thin and soft unit as it proved to be last season.