Theo Hernandez is attracting attention from many of Europe's elite clubs including sides from the Premier League, but Goal has learned that the Barcelona and Real Madrid target wants to stay in La Liga next season. He has spent this season out on loan at Alaves.
Marca states Los Blancos have matched the €24m buyout clause for the 19-year-old, who has enjoyed a successful season-long loan spell at Alaves.
Hernandez's agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, says that the final decision will lie in the player's own hands.
News that Barcelona and Real Madrid are already making inroads to secure Hernandez's signature will feel like a hammer blow to Jurgen Klopp.
But the bid appears to have failed, with Hernandez having set his heart on a move to Zinedine Zidane's club after they agreed to meet the Marseille-born ace's release fee.
"Both are really interested, but we've not closed anything with either of them".
"Theo will be the person who decides where he wants to go". They may be able to convince him with the guarantee of first team football, but at such a young age, the thought of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu or the Camp Nou might be too tempting.
Manchester City tried to complete a a double deal for Atletico Madrid brothers Lucas and Theo Hernandez last summer.
"Theo is an Atletico Madrid player and until now, as far as I know, nobody has asked us about him", he was quoted as saying by ESPN.