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Chelsea outcast ready to reject lucrative Saudi Arabia offers to secure Real Madrid move

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It seems that Kepa Arrizabalaga wants nothing but a return to Real Madrid, with a report from journalist Rodra reporting that the Chelsea outcast will even reject top offers from Saudi Arabia to make it happen.

The situation at Real Madrid is heating up as they weigh their goalkeeping options for the upcoming season. 

The club seems firm towards retaining Thibaut Courtois on goal next season, valuing his experience and skills, which leaves Andriy Lunin’s future uncertain. 

Despite having a contract renewal offer on the table, Lunin is hesitant to accept being the second choice after his impressive performances last season. This is why he has not responded to Real Madrid’s approach yet.

Real Madrid have Kepa in sight

In light of Lunin’s indecision, Real Madrid are eyeing Kepa as a potential solution. Although Kepa has received a tempting offer from Saudi club Al-Ittihad, he has asked for time to carefully evaluate the proposal. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga is willing to wait for an offer from Real Madrid. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lunin has attracted interest from other clubs like Arsenal and Manchester City, complicating Real Madrid’s decision-making process.

Right now, Real Madrid appear relaxed about the situation, preferring to minimize spending on goalkeepers. 

They value Lunin but are prepared for his potential departure without causing disruption. There are even voices within the club eager to receive a substantial offer for him if he chooses not to renew.

If Lunin departs, Real Madrid are likely to turn to Kepa despite being linked with Diogo Costa, as he is keen on a return to the club where he spent the previous season on loan. 

His desire to wear the white shirt again is so strong that he is willing to reject lucrative offers from Saudi Arabia.

The coming weeks will likely provide clarity on Lunin’s future and Real Madrid’s goalkeeping strategy for the upcoming season.

The club’s preference for stability and cost-effectiveness will guide their decisions as they navigate the complexities of their goalkeeping roster.

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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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