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Real Madrid executives met with 18-year-old top target’s agents last week

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Last week, representatives of Leny Yoro travelled to Madrid to meet with Real Madrid’s top executives, claims a report from The Athletic.

While Real Madrid’s interest in signing Yoro is no more a secret, their ability to bring him on board this summer depends largely on the future of their captain, Nacho

If Nacho decides to leave the club, Real Madrid may move quickly to sign Yoro. On the other hand, if Nacho chooses to stay, the club would prefer to wait until 2025 to make a formal offer for Yoro.

A defensive dilemma for Ancelotti to solve

Currently, Real Madrid have several players for the centre-back position, but there are some concerns. 

Both David Alaba and Eder Militao suffered serious cruciate ligament injuries last season and it is uncertain whether they will return to their top form. 

The only centre-back without recent injury issues is Antonio Rudiger. Coach Carlo Ancelotti can consider using Rafa Marin and Jesus Vallejo during the pre-season, but it is not yet clear if they will be part of the main team for the upcoming season.

Leny Yoro is wanted by several European teams. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

If Madrid find themselves with only three available central defenders, they have a backup in Aurelien Tchouameni. But now, they see Yoro as a promising alternative.

Interest in Yoro is plenty

As reported before, many major clubs have been closely following the talented French defender. 

His transfer fee would start at around €60 million and despite other clubs being further along in negotiations with Lille, Yoro’s representatives still see a possibility of a future move to Madrid.

Sources close to Yoro say that several clubs have already made more progress in their talks with Lille. Yet, they believe that Madrid could still make a move later on. 

Yoro himself prefers to join Madrid, which could play a crucial role in the negotiations, similar to previous deals Madrid has made.

Interestingly, the 18-year-old is not the only defender Real Madrid are considering, but he fits a specific profile they need. 

He is young and could develop well in La Liga, even if he does not immediately become a starter. His style would complement a more adventurous centre-back, making him a valuable asset for the team’s future.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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