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La Liga club cannot meet Real Madrid’s demands for wantaway midfielder – report

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Dani Ceballos has his mind set on a summer departure from Real Madrid having struggled to garner meaningful action on the pitch in the past two seasons.

Even though the 27-year-old signed a new contract last year, minutes continued to be hard to come by with a plethora of midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order.

Despite Toni Kroos’ retirement, it is unlikely that Ceballos’ situation will improve next season and as such he has decided to leave the club this summer.

The Spanish international’s former team, Real Betis, have once again emerged as a possible destination for him, after being linked in the past as well.

Real Betis not in a position to sign Ceballos

However, now, AS reports that Real Betis are in no position to sign Ceballos this summer as they cannot match Real Madrid’s demands for the midfielder nor afford to cover his wages.

As was reported earlier this week, while Los Blancos would consider letting Ceballos go, they would not give him away for cheap.

A return to Betis unlikely for Ceballos. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Instead, the reigning La Liga champions want a fee of at least €20 million for their midfielder, considering he still has three years on his contract.

And, as things stand, Real Betis might have problems meeting those demands while the Spaniard’s salary would also be an issue for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Real Betis president has already hinted at it

In fact, only last month, Real Betis president Angel Haro insisted that a move for Dani Ceballos might be out of reach for the club this summer.

“The probability of him coming to Betis is remote. The circumstances do not exist for him to be able to arrive here,” Haro clarified in an interview.

As such, a move back to Betis might be unlikely for Ceballos, but he has no shortage of suitors.

After all, Atletico Madrid and Girona are also said to be interested, along with teams from Italy and England.

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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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