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Real Madrid eye £50 million-rated Premier League defender as Leny Yoro alternative

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Following the departure of Nacho Fernandez, Real Madrid are ramping up efforts to sign a new centre-back this summer.

The Merengues suffered from injuries to defenders in the season gone by and hence are intent on reinforcing the centre-back department.

Leny Yoro of LOSC Lille has been identified as the primary target by the reigning La Liga champions, although talks with the French outfit are expected to be tricky.

As such, it would not hurt Real Madrid to identify alternatives in case their move for Yoro falls through.

Marc Guehi on the agenda

Now, reports in England, as relayed by SPORT, suggest that Real Madrid have set their sights on Crystal Palace and England defender Marc Guehi as an option to reinforce the defence.

Guehi, 23, has grown into one of the most reliable centre-backs in the Premier League since joining Crystal Palace from Chelsea back in 2021.

Marc Guehi on Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by Carl Recine/Getty Images)

After a solid campaign in 2023/24, the defender is turning in some fine performances for England at the UEFA Euro 2024.

Guehi has played every minute at the Euros so far, although he will miss the quarterfinal tie against Switzerland through suspension.

But the 23-year-old’s displays seem to have caught the eye of Real Madrid who view him as an option to strengthen the defensive department.

Crystal Palace will demand £50 million

Guehi has a contract with Crystal Palace that runs until the summer of 2026 and the Eagles would be open to a sale for a good offer.

In fact, it is suggested that they could accept a fee around the £50 million mark (€59 million), which is the amount for which the Premier League club are selling Michael Olise to Bayern Munich.

As has been made clear in the past though, Real Madrid’s absolute priority remains Yoro, who would even be open to running down his contract at Lille and moving to Spain as a free agent in 2025.

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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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