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Real Madrid continue to priortize signing of teenage defensive prospect, but with a catch

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Despite ample time remaining before the summer transfer window swings open, Real Madrid are in no mood to waste time and have surveyed potential targets who they aim to acquire.

While Kylian Mbappe’s signing is being taken for granted as he will leave PSG at the end of the season, the Merengues are also eyeing Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro with great interest.

Yoro, who has no shortage of suitors, has become one of the priority targets for Real Madrid as they seek to bolster their defensive department after choosing to ignore it in January.

Real Madrid will not exceed their budget

As per Mundo Deportivo, due to the growing interest in Yoro from all over Europe, Lille have stamped a mammoth €100 million price tag to his name.

However, Real Madrid have no intention of breaking the bank by paying that sum for a teenage prospect, who will only have a year left on his contract in the summer.

Yoro is a priority target for Real Madrid. (Photo by ARNAUD FINISTRE/AFP via Getty Images)

Los Blancos have been trying to rope in Leny Yoro for months now because they believe he future-proofs the club’s defensive line.

But despite deeming his signing as a priority, the club has set their limit at €40 million, which hardly scratches the surface of what the Ligue 1 outfit is demanding.

Leny Yoro has chosen his destination

Still, the fact that the French centre-back has shown enthusiasm to join Madrid may help facilitate a deal.

Yoro is willing to wear the Royal White jersey over any other, even though other top European teams, including PSG and Chelsea, have expressed interest in him.

Real Madrid intend to visit Lille as soon as possible to hold talks with the French team, which will provide greater clarity on the situation.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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