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PSG defensive target prefers Real Madrid summer switch – report



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Leny Yoro is a man in demand heading into the summer transfer window with several top clubs, including Real Madrid and PSG, pushing for his signing.

More recently, even Manchester United were said to have entered the race for the 18-year-old French defensive prodigy this summer.

Real Madrid are interested in Yoro as a possible replacement for club captain Nacho Fernandez, whose contract expires on June 30 and is still undecided on his future.

But the interest of other clubs made a move complicated as Yoro’s club, Lille, are demanding a big fee for him due to the interest the youngster is generating.

PSG could end Yoro pursuit

However, as per Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, Leny Yoro prefers a transfer to Real Madrid over PSG, which has seemingly prompted the French champions to look at other options.

Leny Yoro prefers Real Madrid over PSG. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Indeed, the Parisian giants are looking at Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba as an option to reinforce their backline, which would likely come as a boost for Real Madrid in their pursuit of Yoro.

After all, one less club in the race for his signing means Real Madrid now have a clearer path to have a go at the 18-year-old.

It also seemingly weakens Lille’s stance on their asking price for the young defender as his contract expires in the summer of 2025.

With the player preferring Real Madrid, who are happy to be patient to avoid overpaying, the Ligue 1 outfit would be forced to accept a lower fee or risk losing their prized asset for free next year.

There is still a long way to go but Real Madrid appear to have the upper hand as far as the pursuit of Yoro is concerned ahead of the summer window.

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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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