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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Athletic Club

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Real Madrid will be hoping to collect three points when they take on Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Club at San Mames on Sunday night in La Liga.

Coming on the back of some poor displays, it is important that Los Blancos correct their course at the earliest possible and ensure that they do not fall well behind Barcelona in the title race, considering that the Catalans already have a three-point advantage.

Ahead of the trip to the Basque country, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the squad list that will be facing Athletic Club tomorrow.

Unsurprisingly, veteran midfielder Luka Modric is back on the roster after being rested for the midweek Copa del Rey clash against Villarreal.

Meanwhile, as many as five players miss out with injuries as Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eden Hazard are not part of the travelling squad. The latter picked up an ankle injury in training earlier this week and is ruled out as a result.

Furthermore, Ancelotti has not called up Castilla starlet Vinicius Tobias despite the absence of a natural right-back in the squad apart from the out-of-favour Alvaro Odriozola. It leaves Nacho as the likeliest option to start at right-back against Athletic Club.

Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos will be hoping to earn starting berths after making an impact coming off the bench in the cup tie.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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