Barcelona have reportedly convinced Theo Hernandez to snub Real Madrid in order to make a summer move to the Nou Camp instead. Spanish radio station Onda Cero adds that the arrival of the left-back to the Catalan side could also mean the loan departure of Jordi Alba to Atletico Madrid.
Theo, 19, was already linked with Barcelona during the last summer transfer window after having garnered a reputation as one of the next big things to emerge from the Atletico academy.
Diego Simeone's side reacted to those rumours by giving him a new long-term deal at the Vicente Calderon, increasing his release clause to €24m (£20.3m, $26.1m) before sending him on loan to Alaves to give him his first experience in the top flight.
The Frenchman has make the most of his experience at the Basque side, proving to be one of the sensations of La Liga while attracting the interest of the big clubs.
Earlier this month, Marca reported that Real Madrid were prepared to meet his buy-out clause after having identified him as the perfect back-up for Marcelo. The Spanish publication added the France starlet had also agreed terms with Los Blancos to make a shock transfer to Atletico's enemies.
However, other sources have since claimed that Barcelona, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Marseille were ready to join the race and hijack Real Madrid's deal as Atletico would rather not to sell him to their neighbours.
AS later added that Barcelona had eventually made Theo an offer with very similar terms to those tabled by Real Madrid, said to worth around €35m over five seasons.
And Onda Cero is now reporting that Barcelona are ready to win the race after having convinced Theo to break his agreement with Real Madrid and move instead to the Nou Camp.
The Spanish radio station suggested that the deal is not completely done yet but Atletico would be happier with that move as Los Colchoneros officials don't want to see Theo at Real Madrid. Furthermore, the report added that Barcelona could consider sending Alba on loan to Atletico Madrid to sweat the deal.
Yet, this second deal looks more complicated as it is unlikely that Alba will accept to move to Atletico to fight for his place in Simeone's favour, like Filipe Luis.