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Real Madrid advancing in pursuit of 18-year-old target, talks to begin soon

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Planning for next season is already taking precedence in the Real Madrid headquarters.

In addition to leveling up the squad with the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, the Merengues have opted not to leave the centre-back position unsupervised.

After deeming it unnecessary to sign a defender in the January transfer window, despite a barrage of injuries, Real Madrid are looking to solidify the back-line this time around by roping in Leny Yoro.

Real Madrid have prioritized Yoro’s signature

Indeed, according to MARCA, Leny Yoro has become a priority for Real Madrid and his signing is advanced.

The Frenchman’s agent Jorge Mendes has informed Real Madrid that negotiations with Lille will start soon.

The €60 million price tag Lille are demanding might act as a roadblock in negotiations, but Los Blancos have alternate strategies set in place in case the Ligue 1 outfit does not comply.

Real Madrid making progress in Yoro deal. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid would be open to the idea of signing Yoro this year and then send him out on loan for a season, in order to lower his price tag.

Yoro has his eyes set on Madrid

Furthermore, the report argues that Leny Yoro is convinced that his next team will be Real Madrid.

Despite being inquired by a variety of elite European clubs like PSG and Chelsea, the youngster is eager to don the Royal White jersey over any others.

Whether his dream of playing for Madrid actualizes immediately next season or if he has to bide his time by spending a year on loan remains to be seen.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid continue to showcase a strong intention to acquire Yoro’s services, which will possibly set their defence up for the next few years.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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