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Chelsea set to beat Real Madrid to the signing of teenage Brazilian full-back

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Even after the capture of Palmeiras’ attacking sensation Endrick, Real Madrid are in no mood to decelerate their scouting mission in Brazil.

The club have continued to be linked with moves for several talents across Brazil, with Pedro Lima recently emerging as one such option.

A right-back by trade, Lima’s exquisite pace and ability to make marauding runs down the flanks have made him a darling of European clubs recently, as they look to snap up the talent for a cheaper valuation.

Real Madrid are no exception and see Pedro Lima as an exciting long-term alternative to the ageing Dani Carvajal.

Chelsea on the verge of signing Lima

However, everything suggests Real Madrid will lose out on the race to sign Pedro Lima this season, with Chelsea inching ever closer to acquiring his services.

This is according to AS, which suggests that Chelsea, in recent days, have stepped on the accelerator and secured a deal with Sporting Recife for Lima.

The Premier League giants are set to pay around €7.5 million and another €3 million in the form of variables, thus taking the total value of the defender to €10.5 million.

Lima, for his part, is set to earn a salary of €800,000 per year and will pen a five-year deal until 2029. However, he might not immediately become a member of the Chelsea first team.

What’s next for Real Madrid?

With Pedro Lima no longer an option, Real Madrid must continue their search for a new right-back, who can eventually replace Carvajal in the years to come.

Former youth player and current PSG superstar Achraf Hakimi is reportedly keen on the return to the Bernabeu.

However, signing the Moroccan could be an expensive affair and under current circumstances, Real Madrid would be better advised to go after a cost-effective option.

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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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