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Just in – Real Madrid consider free transfer swoop for France midfielder

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Real Madrid are weighing up the possibility of signing Juventus and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer this summer, reports AS.

The former PSG midfielder’s current contract with Juventus expires on June 30 and he is unlikely to sign a renewal, making him a free agent in the summer.

Juventus are offering him the same salary as his current one (€7.5 million net per season), something that the player rejects, as he seeks a raise.

Rabiot could be a replacement for Ceballos

And, as per the report, Real Madrid are considering making a play to sign Rabiot for free once his deal with Juventus runs out.

At this point, a move for the 29-year-old is not a priority for Los Blancos and they will only consider signing the French ace or any other midfielder if they are available for free or for a low price.

Even though Toni Kroos has retired, Real Madrid have not made it a priority to sign a replacement.

Rabiot to Real Madrid? (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

But with the possibility of Dani Ceballos’ departure also looming, Los Blancos could enter the market for reinforcements, so as to ensure squad depth. And Rabiot has emerged as an option.

An enticing opportunity

Valued at €35 million, Rabiot, at 29, is still in his peak years and can sign for any club for free in less than two weeks.

The Real Madrid scouts still have very good impressions of the midfielder, who was strongly wanted by the club in the summer of 2019, when he left PSG and signed for Juventus.

The Spanish and European champions see it as a good opportunity to sign a starting midfielder for the French national team for free.

There are no guarantees that he will arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu. But it is not ruled out that Rabiot joins his France teammates Kylian Mbappe, Ferland Mendy, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga in the Spanish capital.

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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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