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Boost for Real Madrid as Lille are ready to sell defensive star for lower price – report

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French prodigy Leny Yoro remains one of the hottest transfer prospects this summer. After a breakout season with Lille, the young defender has attracted interest from Europe’s elite.

Real Madrid, in particular, have been keen on securing his signature for their backline, as the European champions look to find a long-term replacement for Nacho Fernandez.

Real Madrid’s problem with Yoro pursuit

Los Blancos had identified Yoro as their ideal long-term solution at centre-back for a while now. However, a major hurdle existed: Lille’s hefty asking price.

Despite Yoro’s contract expiring in 2025, the French club refused to budge on their valuation. Real Madrid weren’t willing to meet Lille’s demands, which reportedly sat around €60 million.

This stance seemed to create an impasse, even Los Blancos to look for other alternatives in the market.

Will Real Madrid soon find an agreement for Leny Yoro? (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

With Yoro potentially walking away for free next year if an agreement wasn’t reached, a solution seemed unlikely.

A major boost for Los Blancos

But in a major development, Lille appear to be softening their stance. Recognizing the potential for Yoro to leave on a free transfer next year, they’re now open to negotiating his sale, reports Rodra P (h/t Madrid Zone).

The key factor in this change might be Yoro’s own desire. Reports claim he’s firmly set on playing for Real Madrid, further incentivizing Lille to reach a deal.

Negotiations regarding the transfer fee are ongoing. While Real Madrid initially offered around €40 million, Lille are currently seeking closer to €50 million. This gap appears bridgeable with potential add-ons of around €10 million.

An agreement to sign Yoro this summer could go a long way in helping Real Madrid solidify their defensive unit, especially after the recent departures of Nacho Fernandez and Rafa Marin.

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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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