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Real Betis frontrunners to sign 21-year-old Real Madrid starlet, Villarreal also keen



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A number of prospects from Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit are expected to depart in the current transfer window following the team’s failure to achieve promotion to La Liga 2.

Sergio Arribas is perhaps the biggest name who is bound for the exit doors and following him could be fellow youngster Rafa Marin.

The 21-year-old is one of the most talented prospects to have come through the youth ranks in recent years and has been a permanent fixture in the Castilla outfit over the past couple of seasons.

Marin has also been called up to the first team on occasions, but has yet to make his debut for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. But given that Eder Militao, David Alaba, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, and Jesus Vallejo are ahead of him in the pecking order, a pathway into the senior setup appears impossible.

As such, a summer departure looks likely, and according to a report from AS, Real Madrid’s La Liga rivals Real Betis are the frontrunners to sign Marin at this moment.

Los Verdiblancos are very interested in signing the 21-year-old prospect from the Spanish capital club. At the same time, a move to Betis also appeals to the defender as he would get a chance to play European football while he also happens to be from the Seville region.

Apart from Real Betis, Villarreal are also keen on signing Marin as a possible replacement for Pau Torres who has left for Aston Villa. But as things stand, Real Betis appear to be the best-placed club to secure the services of the young centre-half.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, they would likely retain 50% of the player’s rights, like they did with Fran Garcia, who was re-signed this summer from Rayo Vallecano after he showed great progress and development.

A similar strategy is not ruled out with Marin as well and his departure would likely see Real Madrid have a buyback option.

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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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