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Manchester United leading Real Madrid in the race for €120 million-rated midfielder

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Enzo Fernandez has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe following his blazing performances in the FIFA World Cup.

The midfielder indeed played a key role in helping Argentina secure the coveted title for the first time since 1986. He was subsequently named the Best Young Player in the tournament, which has led to widespread speculation over his future.

Real Madrid are thought to be one of the clubs interested in the services of Fernandez. The reigning European champions are in desperate need of midfield reinforcements next season as they look to add long-term replacements for the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

But if reports from UOL are to be believed, it is Manchester United who are leading the chase to sign Fernandez.

The report suggests that the Red Devils are keeping close track of Fernandez’s future and want to snap him up at the earliest possible.

Manchester United, for one, are already prepared to fork out a fee of around €120 million for the young Argentine – his release clause amount. It appears coach Erik ten Hag is desperate to add some quality in the middle of the park, with Fernandez emerging as the ideal solution.

With Man United ready to break the bank for the Argentine, they are leading Liverpool and Real Madrid in the chase, with the latter unlikely to spend such a fortune in the January transfer window.

Real Madrid, though, are expected to splash the cash for Jude Bellingham in 2023, with the Englishman being identified as the ideal long-term replacement for Modric.

But even here, the Whites could face stiff competition from Liverpool, who also consider the Borussia Dortmund starlet as one of their top targets at the end of the season.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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