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Injury update: Real Madrid trio doubtful for Manchester City clash

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Real Madrid are a hair’s breadth away from sealing the La Liga title. If Barcelona slip up, Los Blancos require only one win to be crowned champions.

With the domestic competition sealed, Real Madrid now turn their attention to the UEFA Champions League, where they lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side pulled off sensational comebacks against both PSG and Chelsea to earn a spot in the semifinals of the prestigious competition. However, the road ahead only gets tougher.

Pep Guardiola’s side are the losing finalists of last season and will look to make it all the way this time around. They are touted as the best team in Europe, and will hope to make life hell for the record winners.

All is not well at the Madrid camp with three days to go for the first leg. According to reports from Javier Herraez, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, and Casemiro are all doubts about the game at the Etihad stadium.

Of the three players, Mendy is said to have the highest chance of playing on the night as he feels comparatively better. Yet, the Frenchman’s presence is no guarantee either.

As for Alaba, the Austrian will have an MRI scan tomorrow to decide his availability.

If the three players are deemed unavailable for the clash in England, Carlo Ancelotti will have some big decisions to make.

Alaba has been one of the most vital players for Real Madrid this season and has often single-handedly held the back-line together. Given City’s high and ruthless pressure, he will be sorely missed if not given the green light.

He is likely to be replaced by Nacho Fernandez, while Mendy’s absence would force one of Dani Carvajal or Marcelo to start at left-back. Yet, that is not as worrying as the Spaniard has covered well in his new position in recent games.

Meanwhile, Casemiro is expected to be replaced by one of Eduardo Camavinga or Federico Valverde on the night.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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