The defense of Arsenal has always been a bone of contention as it has not proven to be solid on a consistent basis.
There are too few flashes of good form and there is a need to take care of that. Keeping that in mind, Arsenal have started looking at ways to bolster this department.
One such player that they have earmarked as per reports from Marca is the Spanish center back Mario Hermoso who plays for Espanyol.
Hermoso who joined the Spanish side from Real Madrid has proven to be a real asset for them and has gone on to establish himself as one of the best center backs in the Spanish league.
The price that the Gunners would have to pay is around €40m as that is the value of the release clause that has been set by Espanyol. A problem that could arise here is that Real Madrid can sign him for as little as €7.5m.
This is the value of the buyback clause that has been inserted by the Spanish giants and it is being suggested that they are looking to activate it.
If Real do go ahead with this then it would affect the plans that Arsenal have in mind. And to be fair, Espanyol would be more interested in getting the higher amount from a club, if they were to sell.
Another factor that is worth mentioning is that half of the release clause will go to Real Madrid if any deal is struck for Hermoso.
The form of the player is a big reason as to why he is being targeted by clubs such as the Gunners. Hermoso is someone who is very quick and strong and he is also a very good passer to boot.
If Arsenal were able to pull this move off, it will go a long way in ensuring that their defense is taken care off. But they will have to move quickly and not let other clubs get a chance at taking Hermoso away.
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