Arsenal could beat Real Madrid to a La Liga player signature despite the European Champions' advantage in the deal to sign the defender.
Unai Emery has identified Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso as a needed target for the Emirate outfit but face
a competition from Real Madrid to sign the former Los Blancos player.
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Hermoso is a former Castilla player and he has a buyback option in his deal which Real Madrid is ready to activate following the young Spanish performance this season for Espanyol, his current deal with Espanyol has a €40m buyout clause but Real Madrid has an option of buy-back which is for a reduced price of €7.5m.
Hermoso has the option to turn down the offer and move elsewhere, Real Madrid is willing to bring the defender back to Santiago Bernabeu after experiencing crisis to their defence line under manager Santiago Solari.