Manchester United have taken a particular interest in two Espanyol players, according to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo. Old Trafford scout Toni Lima has been a regular attendee at Espanyol matches, report Mundo, and David Lopez and Aaron Martin have caught his eye.
Aaron is a 19 year old left back enjoying his breakthrough season at Espanyol. He’s made his way into the team and isn’t budging, with hopes high for what level the youngster can get to. Aaron has a buyout clause of €30m.
David Lopez is a 27 year old flexible defensive player. Mainly deployed as a central defender for Espanyol this season, David can also be used in midfield. Formerly of Napoli, the Spaniard has a buyout clause of €40m.
Mundo Deportivo don’t think either amount would be a problem for Manchester United. Whilst Espanyol wouldn’t be thrilled at losing two important players, the chance of getting €70m could be future changing for the club, who have long struggled with finances.
It’s unlikely Manchester United would go so high, and there could have been another player on the agenda. Lima last watched Espanyol on Saturday, according to the Spanish newspaper, and that match was against Alaves.
Given that Aaron is a stated target then it would make sense for Theo Hernandez also to be. On loan at Alaves from Atletico Madrid, Theo is said to be attracting interest from clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool. A 19 year old left back, Theo’s clause is €24m.