Arsenal target Mario Hermoso looks certain to leave Espanyol after rejecting new contract

first_imgAdvertisement Mario Hermoso looks set to leave Espanyol this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso after the defender rejected a new contract at the Spanish club.The 24-year-old has just one year left on his current deal and Marca report that he is ‘certain’ to leave after turning down a new offer from the Catalan side.There is now set to be a race for the centre-back’s signature with a number of big clubs from around Europe interested in him.The Gunners are joined by the likes of Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain to have shown an interest in Hermoso in recent weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThere is also the issue that former club Real Madrid own half his rights and will receive half of any transfer fee for the player. Phil HaighWednesday 19 Jun 2019 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Comment Hermoso signed for Espanyol from Real Madrid in 2017 (Picture: Getty Images)Real have a buy-back clause for the man they let go in 2017 for just €7.5m (£6.6m) and although they are not interested in the player, they might activate the clause to avoid him going to a La Liga rival and to sell him on for more money.Hermoso’s release clause is €40m (£35m) and Espanyol do not expect that to be met, with just one year left on his current deal.Previous reports suggested the Spain international could be bought for around £18m, but that will quickly rise if there is a bidding war.Real Madrid’s deal to get half the transfer fee will see both them and Espanyol negotiating hard to get the most out of it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHermoso has made 54 La Liga appearances for Espanyol since arriving from Madrid in 2017, without having made an appearance for Real.Such have been his performances for the Catalan side that he was called up for Spain last year and has picked up three caps since then.It was reported earlier this month that Atletico are optimistic about signing Hermoso, so other potential suitors will have to move fast.MORE: Unai Emery urges Arsenal board to sign Celtic left-back Kieran TierneyMORE: Alexis Claude-Maurice rejects Arsenal move in favour of Borussia Monchengladbach Arsenal target Mario Hermoso looks certain to leave Espanyol after rejecting new contract Advertisementlast_img

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