Man City-linked Theo Hernandez scores spectacular Milan goal after 80-yard run

Manchester City had been told to pursue a move for Theo Hernandez this summer before he fired them to the brink of a first Serie A title in a decade with a stunning solo goal.

The France international left-back has proved to be a real attacking threat from the left side of defence by scoring 20 goals and providing 23 assists since swapping Real Madrid for Italy in 2019.

The 24-year-old, who had already cemented his status as a key cog in the side of Stefano Pioli, adding a simply stunning second goal against Atalanta on Sunday (May 15) to send Milan three points away from their first league title since 2010/11.

Following a tense first half at their famous San Siro home, Rafael Leao's slotted past Juan Musso to open the scoring before Atalanta pushed for an equaliser.

Then in the 74th minute, following a successful tackle from team-mate Rade Krunic, Hernandez picked up the ball just outside the penalty area and to burst into life.

Seeing a gap in midfield, the 24-year-old burst past two players before charging towards the three rival defenders who backtracked to the edge of their own box.

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Knocking the ball slightly wider than he would've liked, but onto his favoured left foot, Hernandez fired low past the keeper to send the home support into raptures.

He then pulled off an Eric Cantona-style celebration as his team-mates, including England defender Fikayo Tomori cheered in delight.

With that win putting Milan five points clear at the top of the table with one fixture remaining away at Sassuolo, rivals Inter then beat Cagliari 3-1 to take the title race all the way.

Hernandez, who is the younger brother of Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez, had been earmarked by Bacary Sagna as a possible City signing just hours before his stunning goal.

Speaking to The Sun, Sagna said: "They don't have to target anywhere; they are complete in every position.

"Maybe left-back if I had to cover one position. But still, they have been doing well.

"But left-back they don't have a natural left-footer, so that would be the one position. I like Theo Hernandez; he's playing really well and has potential. He has a bright future."

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