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La Liga club in pole position to sign Real Madrid 20-year-old defensive prospect

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Real Madrid Castilla are set to part ways with several players this summer from Mario de Luis and Lucas Cañizares to Marvel.

According to a breaking report from Rodra, now, the Merengues are close to sealing the departure of another defender as well.

The player in question is the academy’s young left-back Rafael Obrador who has been on the radar of several top clubs in recent times. Linked with a move to the Primera division for long, this could well be the summer he seals a move.

Las Palmas in pole position

Despite being just 20 years of age, Obrador has notably made his debut in La Liga already. He played a short cameo for Mallorca before joining the Real Madrid academy back in 2020 and is now eager to return to the top flight.

Last summer, Espanyol and Real Valladolid were interested in signing the player but a move did not materialise.

A departure looks more likely this summer and the Spanish journalist furthers that Las Palmas are the best placed on that front.

Contacts between Real Madrid and the Canary Islands-based club have already begun. There is also interest spoken of from other top clubs both in and outside Spain, but his destination will be subject to the right offer arriving.

A standard formula

Real Madrid have made it a tradition in recent years to sell young academy talents only with a certain amount of guaranteed leverage over their future. Be it in terms of a sell-on percentage or a repurchase clause, there is always a provision in place.

The situation with Obrador is the same. Real Madrid will not hesitate to part ways with the youngster considering the possible arrival of Alphonso Davies this summer.

His sale, however, will inevitably include a percentage of any future sale of the player and possibly a buyback clause as well.

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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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