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Real Madrid defender set to complete Serie A transfer on Monday – report

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Nacho Fernandez’s departure from Real Madrid opens up a slot in Los Blancos’ defensive unit. It will, however, not be young Rafa Marin who will take over the newly created vacancy.

The youngster has largely been touted as one for the first-team over the years. Last season, he moved out on loan to Deportivo Alaves and participated in 33 games for the team in the first division.

Despite his performances, the management doesn’t seem convinced enough to offer him a regular place in defence. An exit, thus, is imminent and AS provide an update on the same.

Moving to Naples

Napoli have had eyes on Marin for a long time now and negotiations between the Serie A side and Real Madrid have been ongoing in recent weeks.

According to reports, the Italian side are set to shell out up to €12 million for the centre-back, although his move this time will be on a permanent transfer.

Italy calling. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

According to the latest update from the Spanish outlet, Marin’s move to Napoli is all but complete. The player will travel on Monday to complete the formalities and be presented as a new Napoli player, kick-starting a new chapter in his career.

Real Madrid’s defensive target

Real Madrid letting young Marin move out of the club only solidifies the idea that they will bring in a new name this summer. As it stands, Leny Yoro is the prime contender.

The Lille defender has refused to accept any offer apart from Real Madrid’s, and with his contract expiring next summer, the pressure is on the French side to cede to his demands.

As revealed earlier today, the Merengues are now confident of signing Yoro despite the gap in valuation and they see a good possibility that Lille give into their offer of €40 million.

The resolution of this transfer saga is expected to unfold in the coming weeks.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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