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Italian defender on Real Madrid’s radar as backup for Leny Yoro – report

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Real Madrid have extensively scouted the French market in their hunt for a new defender. With Nacho Fernandez no longer at the club, there is an urgent need for a new signing and Leny Yoro stands as the best-placed candidate.

Negotiations with Lille over the youngster’s transfer, however, have been far from simple. After all, the Ligue 1 side demands a fee higher than what Florentino Perez is willing to shell out and they appear to be firm in their demands.

The Plan B

Just like Yoro, Riccardo Calafiori of Bologna has caught the eye of Real Madrid as a strong candidate. However, AS reveals that he is only being considered as a backup plan for Los Blancos if Lille refuse to accept their terms.

Riccardo Calafiori has attracted Real Madrid’s interest. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images for FIGC)

Real Madrid are thus silently in the race for Calafiori’s signing alongside Juventus and other European giants. As of today, it is said that Bologna are demanding €40 million for the player with 40% set to go to his former club FC Basel.

The Merengues’ interest in Calafiori, needless to say, is a massive blow in the face of the Lille administration who slowly understand they do not have the liberty to dictate terms this summer.

After all, Real Madrid now boast of a backup option and the French side risks losing Yoro on a free transfer next summer as it stands.

Gap to be bridged?

While Lille demand €60 million for their young jewel, Real Madrid have set their limit at €40 million and do not intend to let any extra cash into the deal.

Considering the player’s situation and the now-added factor of Los Blancos having a reserve option, it is highly likely that Lille cave into the pressure and accept the Spanish giants’ terms.

As revealed earlier the week, the administration at Valdebebas is in continuous contact with the French club for updates.

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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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