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Manchester City set sights on 25-year-old Real Madrid ace to replace key player

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Andriy Lunin is staring at an uncertain future at Real Madrid this summer despite the club’s intentions to keep hold of him.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian international enjoyed an excellent season last time out, capitalising on the absence of Thibaut Courtois to prove himself and showcase his quality.

However, with Courtois coming back from injury in the latter stages of the season, Lunin was again relegated to the bench as the Belgian reclaimed the No. 1 spot, starting in the UCL final.

Lunin, who at that point was ready to sign a new contract with Los Blancos, is now hesitating and could opt to leave in the current transfer window.

Manchester City eye Lunin

Now, according to a report from Bernabeu Digital, Premier League champions Manchester City are interested in signing Andriy Lunin from Real Madrid.

The Cityzens are likely to part ways with first-choice goalkeeper and key player Ederson Moraes this summer, who appears to be on his way to Saudi Arabia.

Lunin could be on the move. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

And, as such, Pep Guardiola & co. are already on the lookout for replacements, with Lunin emerging as an option, along with FC Porto star Diogo Costa.

A move for the Portuguese international looks difficult with Porto unwilling to let him leave, which could lead to Man City looking at Lunin as a more favourable option.

The 25-year-old is said to fit the parameters for goalkeepers that Guardiola has set and considering that his future at Real Madrid is unclear, a departure is not out of the question.

Real Madrid also identify replacements

While Real Madrid are happy with Lunin and intend to retain his services, they will not stand in his way if he asks to move on this summer.

In fact, in preparation for such a scenario, the European champions have already identified possible candidates to replace the Ukrainian international.

Indeed, Real Madrid would look into re-signing Kepa Arrizabalaga from Chelsea or move for Espanyol’s Joan Garcia in case Lunin were to leave.

With Manchester City said to be interested, the player might be tempted by the possibility of a switch.

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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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