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Chelsea eyeing cut-price summer move for Real Madrid youngster, could cost £5-10 million

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According to the latest reports from The Telegraph, Chelsea have set their sights on a summer swoop for Real Madrid youngster Rafa Marin as part of their new strategy to recruit top young talents under the club’s new owners.

Marin joined the Real Madrid youth setup from Sevilla in 2016 and has steadily grown into one of the most highly-rated young players at the club.

The 20-year-old has been a regular fixture in Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla outfit over the past eighteen months or so, racking 45 appearances in which he has three goals, two of which have come this term.

The young central defender has been part of Carlo Ancelotti’s matchday squad at times but is yet to make his first-team debut. Given the plethora of options at the Italian’s disposal, Marin’s pathway into the Real Madrid senior team is not easy.

It must be noted that as per Transfermarkt’s data, Marin’s contract with Los Blancos expires at the end of the season. However, the report states that his deal still has 18 months left on his deal and runs out in 2024.

And Chelsea are aiming to capitalise on the Spaniard’s situation by swooping in for him in the summer transfer window. The Blues have scouted the 20-year-old extensively and are seemingly prepared to act on their interest later this year.

Considering that he will be in the final year of his contract with Real Madrid at that time, the Blues believe they can land him in a cut-price deal, with the report stating that Marin could be available for as little as £5-10 million.

Real Madrid, for their part, are planning to hold contract talks with Marin. There seems to be some conflicting claim regarding the duration of his contract and it remains to be seen how the situation develops. What is clear is that Chelsea have the young defender on their radar and plan to move for him in the summer.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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