A report from Spain claims Espanyol face a ‘complicated’ summer trying to keep hold of Mario Hermoso who has been linked with Arsenal.

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GIRONA, SPAIN – APRIL 06: Mario Hermoso of RCD Espanyol celebrates his sides first goal during the La Liga match between Girona FC and RCD Espanyol at Montilivi Stadium on April 06, 2019 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

According to the media, three clubs are interested in signing Mario Hermoso – Arsenal, PSG and Bayern Munich, all of whom have registered an interest, apparently.

The 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season so if the Spaniards want to get a fee for him they are running out of opportunities.

They, of course, don’t want to lose the central defender but with three attractive options on the horizon and a reputation that has soared after a three-goal season, they may have little option but to cash in, especially as it all could be taken out of their hands.

Mundo Deportivo report that Espanyol know it will be ‘complicated’ to keep him and that seems to be code for ‘incredibly hard’.

Last weekend, Spanish outlet Sport reported that Real Madrid have a €7m buy-back clause in his contract. As a result, Madrid can look to turn a quick profit by agreeing a fee with another club before exercising their purchase option and immediately selling him on.

It would reportedly cost around €20m to sign Hermoso, meaning Real would pocket €13m for a little bit of paperwork and some phonecalls. Espanyol would get €7m.

As a left-footed centre-back, Hermoso could fit nicely into the Arsenal team. The Gunners have had to make do with right-footed Rob Holding or Laurent Koscielny, or even left-back Nacho Monreal in that position, so they could use someone more comfortable on that side.

Particularly someone who has had such a strong season in Spain.

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