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Real Madrid ‘best-positioned’ to sign 18-year-old French defender this summer

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Real Madrid are concerned about the defensive structure of the squad, and are targeting reinforcements across the backline across the next couple of transfer windows.

For the summer of 2024, their goal is to complete the signing of Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, while targeting a move for a centre-back, given the injury crisis in central defence this year that left them vulnerable.

There are a few players they have been targeting, including former centre-back Mario Gila who has become a vital part of Lazio over the last few months.

However, their priority is Lille’s defensive wonderkid Leny Yoro, who has attracted the attention of several top clubs across Europe.

Madrid leading the race

According to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid are leading the race to sign Leny Yoro from Lille this summer. They have had conversations with the player and the French club already.

However, the report adds that there are several teams interested in signing Yoro, and his stance on them is unknown.

The Frenchman is reportedly a fan of Madrid, and is very excited about the prospect of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, convincing Lille looks like a task for the Galacticos right now. They want to renew his contract beyond its current date of 2025, and will not let him leave France that easily.

As such, rumors had suggested that Madrid would sign him this summer, but would then let Lille keep him on loan for a season, which keeps all parties happy.

Rolls Royce defender. (Photo by ARNAUD FINISTRE/AFP via Getty Images)

Lille’s price tag

It comes as no surprise that with so many teams interested in signing their prized possession and the player’s astronaumically high ceiling that Lille have slapped a rather high price on Yoro.

Some reports have stated that it could be around €60 million, while others say the price tag could be as high as €100 million.

Madrid will not be prepared to shell out nine figures in their pursuit of a centre-back this summer. They would want to redirect their funds towards Kylian Mbappe and possibly Alphonso Davies, who are top priority.

Should Lille and Madrid remain at crossroads, Madrid could be forced into either not signing a centre-back this summer, or simply bringing in someone that is not their number one choice.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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