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22-year-old Arsenal defender snubs Real Madrid interest to agree a new contract

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With Real Madrid going through a period of transition, the club have aligned their vision towards several top European talents.

Following a bucketload of departures, Los Blancos’ increased freedom on the wage bill has given them the leverage to conduct high-profile business deals in the upcoming summer transfer window.

One of the names on Real Madrid’s agenda was Arsenal’s star centre-back, William Saliba. The Frenchman produced a spectacular season with the Gunners as his side went toe-to-toe with Pep Guardiola’s ferocious Manchester City in the Premier League.

As per talkSPORT, with only twelve months remaining in Saliba’s contract, Real Madrid were showing an interest in his services.

However, Arsenal have decided to act preemptively by holding talks over a contract renewal with the 22-year-old Frenchman. And, as per the report, Saliba has decided to rebuff the Merengues’ interest and has reached an agreement with the Gunners to extend his contract.

Since Los Blancos would have been able to negotiate pre-contract terms over a player transfer in January 2024, the Gunners hoped to avoid the risk of parting with one of their most valuable assets for a negligible sum.

The report claims Saliba will soon sign a new deal, extending his tenure in north London through 2027.

Following this breakthrough news, interest from Real Madrid is likely to lessen. Without the luxury of approaching a player nearing the end of his contract, a high figure will have to be paid and, as of now, the Merengués are more focused on rebuilding the attack.

Despite Real Madrid having ample options at the back, for a low fee, Saliba would have been a laudable pickup. The Frenchman has evolved into one of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League.

Since his arrival looks unlikely now, filling a barren front line will hold the most weight. After Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio’s departure as well as several other fringe players such as Eden Hazard and Mariano, actions have to be taken by the Real Madrid hierarchy to ensure adequate replacements are found.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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