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Atletico Madrid rivalling AC Milan, Juventus in race for 22-year-old Polish centre-back

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Atletico Madrid are set to rival Serie A heavyweights AC Milan and Juventus in pursuit of Spezia and Poland centre-back Jakub Kiwior, according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 22-year-old Kiwior has been with Spezia since last year and has made a solid impression in Italy. He is currently a part of the Poland squad that is set to take part in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

And, as per the report, Juventus are set to track the defender at the tournament but will have to battle with both Milan and Atletico Madrid to land Kiwior.

Atleti are said to be on the lookout for defensive reinforcements in January which makes sense considering that they have been nowhere near their best at the back this season.

Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic have been bogged down by injuries while Felipe and Mario Hermoso are hardly convincing. Furthermore, Felipe is being heavily linked with an exit in January, opening the door for a new defender to arrive at the Civitas Metropolitano.

Several names have been linked with a move to Diego Simeone’s side as a result, including Bayer Leverkusen’s Ecuadorian centre-half Piero Hincapie. And Kiwior is the latest name being mentioned as a potential target for Los Rojiblancos.

The 22-year-old is young and has shown promise in Italy so far while he also has five caps for the Poland national team. But his contract with Spezia runs until 2025 which puts the Serie A outfit in a strong negotiating position.

And considering Atletico Madrid’s tricky financial position, shelling out big money for his signing could be difficult unless they manage to make some major sales in the January transfer window.

At the same time, the interest from Juventus and Milan will also complicate matters for Los Colchoneros in pursuit of Kiwior if they are indeed seriously interested in signing him.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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