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Real Madrid closing in on the capture of 18-year-old defensive prodigy – report

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The summer transfer window may be a sizeable two months away, but Real Madrid have a clear-cut plan to navigate through the busy month already.

Two of Los Blancos’ new signings, after all, are already confirmed in Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies.

The former has already signed his deal with Real Madrid if reports are to be believed while the latter is now very close to completing his move. Only the agreement with Bayern Munich remains in his case.

The third signing

According to journalist Ramon Alvarez de Mon (h/t Defensa Central), Real Madrid’s third new signing of the season will be the young French talent Leny Yoro.

The journalist states that the 18-year-old centre-back’s signing is getting closer and closer.

The Lille defender has been on the club’s radar for a long time now and is considered to be one of world football’s brightest young talents. At just 18 years of age, he has already started 26 of Lille’s 28 games in Ligue 1 and has overseen 13 clean sheets.

Yoro getting closer to Real Madrid. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

With David Alaba, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger all on the wrong side of 30, he is seen as the team’s long-term bet in central defence alongside Eder Militao, who recently returned from an ACL injury.

Yoro’s current contract with Lille runs out in 2025, making him an attractive target for Florentino Perez.

However, his favourable contractual situation has not escaped the attention of other top European sides. PSG, Chelsea and others are interested in the youngster’s signing, giving Real Madrid tough competition.

The player is firm on a move to the Bernabeu, but the only obstacle to his signing is the astronomical fee that Lille demand for a player with just over a year left on his contract.

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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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