Atletico Madrid are negotiating with Espanyol for defender Mario Hermoso and are in the final phase of that, say Cadena Cope radio. Atletico are likely to get the player without paying the full price of his buy-out fee, which is 40m euros.
After acknowledging that the club is trying to get the best deal possible, Roger Guasch - a director general at Espanyol - said: "There are clauses on players who finish their contracts next season, you know how that works."
Hermoso rejected a chance to renew his deal which ends next summer. Atletico are trying to take advantage. Real Madrid have the right to 50% of the fee that is agreed between Espanyol and Atletico, which likely will be between 25-30 million euros.