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24-year-old Real Madrid star considering summer exit in search of game-time

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According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid backup goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is having second thoughts over his future at the club. The shot-stopper could leave the European champions in the summer for a new side where he sees more prominence as a regular starter.

The Ukrainian international’s frustration is understandable, for he has played just six La Liga games for the club all season. Those minutes too came courtesy of injuries to Thibaut Courtois.

In his six starts for Los Blancos this term, Lunin conceded three goals and made just under two saves in every ninety minutes. It is clear that the youngster has a bright future ahead of him, but sitting on the bench does him no good.

Moreover, his chances of succeeding at Real Madrid, in the long run, are slim given the consistency and age of Thibaut Courtois. At 30 years of age, the Belgian shot-stopper could be the side’s regular shot-stopper for at least the next five years and provides no scope for any player to compete.

Earlier in the year, teams from the Premier League and Bundesliga were said to be interested in the Ukrainian’s signing. With him on the market once again, it remains to be seen as to what options the youngster has on his table.

Lunin signed for Real Madrid from Zorya Luhansk in July 2018 as one of the bright young talents between the sticks. His move at the time involved a transfer fee of close to €12.5 million and an agreement to see him at the club for at least six seasons.

Needless to say, a loan move would thus serve well for the Merengues for there is no dearth of talent in the Ukrainian international. To let him go on a permanent move could be a decision the club come back to regret.

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Lille reject €50 million offer from Premier League giants for Real Madrid target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Lille have turned down a €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro, a young player who is also a target for Real Madrid.

Yoro, who is just 18 years old, has caught the attention of several major European clubs during this summer’s transfer window. 

Among these clubs are Liverpool, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, all eager to sign the talented centre-back from Lille. However, they are all competing with Real Madrid, who are also very interested in Yoro.

According to sources in England, Lille recently rejected Liverpool’s offer of €50 million for the player. 

While this amount is close to what Lille have been asking for, they have set a price tag of €60 million and are in no mood to lower their demands.

Real Madrid continue to lead the race

The main challenge for clubs interested in Yoro is that many believe he has already decided to join Real Madrid

Lille have turned down €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite this, Real Madrid have not made a formal move to negotiate with Lille, as they are unwilling to meet the €60 million asking price.

In the meantime, other clubs hoping to sign Yoro are relying on the chance that he might reconsider and choose a different team over Real Madrid. 

Liverpool, in particular, have been doubtful about their chances of securing Yoro, mainly because of Real Madrid’s interest.

Yoro wants Real Madrid

Discussions about Yoro have been widespread recently, with many suggesting that the player is aware of Real Madrid’s interest and is waiting for them to prioritise his transfer. 

However, the main sticking point remains Lille’s demand and Real Madrid, knowing that Yoro’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, are not willing to pay that much.

Given that Yoro has only one year left on his contract after this summer, Real Madrid are reluctant to enter a bidding war and pay more than they think is reasonable. 

Reports indicate that Real Madrid are not prepared to offer more than €30 million for the player.

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