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Just in: Real Madrid pursuit of top defensive target put on hold

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Real Madrid’s search for a new left-back has been well-documented, with the club notably eyeing a move for Alphonso Davies for quite some time now.

The European champions are aiming to take advantage of Davies’ situation at Bayern Munich. The Canadian’s contract in Bavaria expires in 2025, with the player yet to show any desire to renew his contract.

This has put Real Madrid on high alert, with the club ready to either sign him for a fee in the coming summer or snap him up on a free transfer in 2025.

For a while, though, Real Madrid have been struggling to reach an agreement with Bayern, leading many to believe that the club would wait until 2025 to sign Davies.

Davies pursuit put on hold

The Daily Briefing has offered a fresh update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Alphonso Davies, suggesting that the move has been put on hold for now.

The report adds that nothing much has changed in regard to Los Blancos‘ negotiations with Bayern Munich.

Things look bleak for Alphonso Davies. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

It was reported earlier that Real Madrid were not willing to meet Bayern’s hefty valuation for the Canadian international.

Real Madrid’s unwillingness to meet Bayern’s demands was further reinforced by Ferland Mendy’s excellent campaign, with coach Carlo Ancelotti more than willing to continue with the Frenchman for another season.

The road ahead

Given the current state of affairs, it won’t be surprising to see Davies remain at Bayern Munich for at least another season.

That should give the Bavarians some much-needed time to re-negotiate with the player and convince him to prolong his stay at Allianz Arena.

Real Madrid have already indicated they are not willing to pay a high valuation for Davies, which should send a message to the Canadian.

Keeping that in mind, it will be interesting to see how Davies approaches this matter in the coming weeks.

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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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