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Bayer Leverkusen duo on Real Madrid radar for the summer – report

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According to reports from BILD, Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on two Bundesliga stars playing for Bayer Leverkusen. Moussa Diaby and Jeremie Frimpong are the two players drawing the club’s interest.

The French forward has been in sensational form this season in the German league and a glance at his statistics reveals why the Merengues see him as a valuable option.

In 29 starts for Bayer Leverkusen, the 23-year-old has scored nine goals and provided seven assists. Further, Diaby averages 1.9 key passes per game and has created 14 big chances.

Los Blancos’ interest in the French international boils down to the absence of an undisputed starter on the right wing in the squad. Not only can Diaby operate on the right but also has the versatility to play on the left wing or as a secondary striker.

Jeremie Frimpong, on the other hand, has been a valuable asset for Xabi Alonso’s system. The 22-year-old primarily operates as a wide right-midfielder in Leverkusen’s 3-4-3 system but is capable of rendering his services as a more than able right-back.

Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are not getting any younger, and it is clear that the Merengues need fresh feet at right back in the years to come. At just 22 years of age, Frimpond fits in as a viable solution.

The youngster has scored eight goals and provided six assists for his club in the league so far this season, in addition to three successful dribbles per game. Defensively, meanwhile, he averages close to ten defensive actions in ninety minutes.

Both stars have contracts until the summer of 2025 with Bayer Leverkusen, and their transfer will not be economically simple affairs. However, there is always the possibility of Real Madrid waiting for a season to ease negotiations and grab their man for a better price.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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