"We won't pull off such a hostile move against Atletico de Madrid, they are friends of us." That's what Florentino Perez has said every time he's been asked about signing a player from Atletico and that's precisely why Sergio Agüero is playing for Manchester City when his signing for Real Madrid was all but complete back in 2011.
This time, it seems that Los Blancos will break that unwritten rule this summer by paying Theo Hernandez's €24 million buyout clause, according to MARCA. Theo has been a shocking surprise this season on Deportivo Alaves' left wing and Madrid need a backup left-back, so the move does make sense.
However, right now it is quite hard to believe that Real Madrid will match that buyout clause based on what Florentino Perez has said about signing Atletico players in the past. Theo is a young, quality player who would be worth every penny, but will Florentino Perez pull the trigger?