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Liverpool could rival Arsenal in pursuit of €25 million-rated Real Madrid star – report

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In light of Andriy Lunin’s delicate situation at Real Madrid, there has been no shortage of suitors for the Ukrainian goalkeeper this summer.

Coming on the back of a brilliant 2023/24 campaign, Lunin’s prospects at Real Madrid has been marred by Thibaut Courtois’ return to fitness.

Real Madrid have made it very clear that Lunin will return to becoming Courtois’ understudy in the new season. This has led to uncertainty over the goalkeeper’s future, with many expecting him to leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

To that end, a host of European clubs have already sounded out the possibility of signing Lunin, including Premier League giants Arsenal.

Liverpool also interested in Lunin

Now, according to reports in England, as relayed by SPORT, Arsenal could face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool in the race to sign Andriy Lunin this summer.

Andriy Lunin’s future at Real Madrid remains open (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As per the report, it appears Liverpool have identified Lunin as a potential replacement for Alisson, who may leave Anfield this summer.

The Brazilian international has received a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia this summer and could follow in the footsteps of his former teammates Sadio Mane and Fabinho by moving to the Middle East.

More than an Alisson replacement

Alisson’s uncertain future is not the only reason driving Liverpool’s interest in Andriy Lunin. In fact, the Reds are likely to go after the Ukrainian even if Alisson stays at Anfield this summer.

It seems Liverpool have identified Lunin as someone who can not only capture the goalkeeping position in the years to come but can also replace Caoimhin Kelleher, another goalkeeper facing an uncertain future in Merseyside.

Liverpool do harbour an excellent relationship with Alisson’s agent, Jorge Mendes, who is actively trying to lure the best clubs in Europe to sign Andriy Lunin this summer.

Therefore, it won’t be surprising to see clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Manchester United indulge in a bidding war in the race to sign the Ukrainian this summer.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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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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