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Chelsea already in negotiations to sign Real Madrid target in €127 million deal – report

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With the January transfer window only a couple more days away, Chelsea have picked up pace in their efforts to strengthen their squad. The Blues have already have signed David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos, while also being close to landing Benoit Badiashile.

And, according to journalist Cesar Luis Merlo that Chelsea are already in negotiations with SL Benfica to secure the signing of Real Madrid target Enzo Fernandez in a deal worth €127 million.

Fernandez earned his spurs at River Plate before securing a move to Europe this past summer, when he signed for Benfica. The 21-year-old quickly became an integral part of the team in Portugal, garnering the attention of several top clubs across the continent.

The interest in the midfielder has only intensified after his impressive displays at the FIFA World Cup 2022 where he helped Argentina win the trophy. Fernandez was named the Best Young Player of the Tournament in Qatar.

Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Fernandez, although they were only looking at the Argentine as a Plan B in case they fail to land their primary target, Jude Bellingham.

There has also been major interest from Manchester United and Liverpool as well, but it seems like Chelsea will beat everyone to the punch in the race for Fernandez.

As per the report, the Blues are negotiating the structure of their payment of a total of €127 million package to Benfica. The two parties are working on deciding the fixed part of the fees and bonuses.

And while the operation is not anticipated to be easy, Chelsea seem to be pushing ahead for the signing of Fernandez.

If the midfielder ends up signing for the Blues, Real Madrid will have to ensure that they do not miss out on Bellingham’s signing. The 19-year-old is said to be leaning towards a move to the Bernabeu and the Merengues are also ready to shell out more than €100 million to sign him up.

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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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