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Real Madrid defensive prodigy on the radars of PSG and Chelsea

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A recent report from SPORT has offered an update on the future of Real Madrid youngster Rafa Marin. The defender currently plies his trade for Castilla but his future at the club could be uncertain.

Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea are among the clubs monitoring the situation of the defensive prodigy, whose current contract at Real Madrid expires at the end of the season.

A centre-back by trade, Marin is regarded highly in Raul’s Castilla setup. Standing at 1.91m, he is a regular fixture in Castilla’s defensive setup and has impressed the onlookers with his towering presence and discipline at the back.

Marin’s performances have even helped him earn appearances for Spain’s youth teams. And it appears a move away from La Fabrica may also be on the horizon.

This is because Marin is unsure of his prospects at Real Madrid. The 20-year-old is aware of the fact that current first-team coach Carlo Ancelotti has not put much faith in young players so far, often resorting to experienced, and proven individuals instead of giving youngsters the opportunity to perform at the big stage.

The likes of Sergio Arribas and Carlos Dotor are indeed yet to make a breakthrough in the Real Madrid squad despite their apparent talent and the club’s lack of depth in the first-team.

Marin feels he may become a subject of similar treatment by Ancelotti. Real Madrid tried to convince the youngster to sign a new contract during the summer transfer window, but the two parties were not able to reach an agreement.

Unless something unexpected occurs, the 20-year-old could be on course to leave the club at the end of the season, when he will turn a free agent.

And with Chelsea and PSG both interested in his services, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the young defender.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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