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Official: Thibaut Courtois wins the Yashin Trophy for the Best Goalkeeper in Europe

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Real Madrid are having the time of their life right now. Following the Champions League and La Liga double last season, Los Blancos are flying high in both competitions right now.

They are three points clear in the league after beating Barcelona 3-1 yesterday at the Santiago Bernabeu, and current leaders of their UCL group.

Karim Benzema is the favourite to pick up the Ballon d’Or, and Thibaut Courtois has now picked up the Yashin Trophy for the Best Goalkeeper in Europe. Former Ballon d’Or winners are the voters for this award, which started in 2019.

Liverpool’s Alisson was the first winner of it, followed by Gianluigi Donnarumma in 2021 for his plaudits with Italy in the European Championship. It was, along with other awards by France Football, cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Alisson is the runners up this year, with Manchester City’s Ederson third, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy fourth, and AC Milan’s Mike Maignan fifth.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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