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Real Madrid eyeing 21-year-old Chelsea starlet as alternative for Alphonso Davies – report

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Even though the transfer market has just come to an end, Real Madrid have continued to keep tabs on several players, as part of their plans to reinforce the squad.

One of the key areas that must be addressed is the left-back position, with Real Madrid interested in Bayern Munich speedster Alphonso Davies.

However, there is a lot of uncertainty on whether or not Davies will come to Santiago Bernabeu. Not to mention, the Bayern Munich star is likely to cost a fortune.

Real Madrid looking at Ian Maatsen as alternative

A recent report from Fichajes has offered an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of a new left-back.

With Bayern Munich hoping to extend Davies’ contract, the Spanish giants have identified Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen as a potential alternative.

The 21-year-old Chelsea starlet is regarded highly at Real Madrid due to his technical prowess and the ability to play out the ball from defensive areas. He can also play as a left-back or a left-sided centre-back.

Maatsen is coming on the back of a good loan spell at Burnley last season, where the youngster racked up six goals and four assists, helping the Clarets secure promotion to the Premier League.

Ian Maatsen on Real Madrid’s radar? (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

A replacement for Ferland Mendy?

Everything suggests Real Madrid are preparing for the departure of Ferland Mendy, with the Frenchman likely to leave the club at the end of the season as frustrations grow over his fitness problems.

Real Madrid want to sign Davies as a direct replacement, but Maatsen could prove to be an ideal cost-effective alternative.

Maatsen’s current contract at Chelsea expires at the end of the season, meaning the Dutchman could join Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer.

Although Maatsen still requires some experience at the highest level, the youngster could prove to be an excellent bit of investment for Real Madrid as they look to find a long-term fix in the left-back position.

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Lille reject €50 million offer from Premier League giants for Real Madrid target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Lille have turned down a €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro, a young player who is also a target for Real Madrid.

Yoro, who is just 18 years old, has caught the attention of several major European clubs during this summer’s transfer window. 

Among these clubs are Liverpool, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, all eager to sign the talented centre-back from Lille. However, they are all competing with Real Madrid, who are also very interested in Yoro.

According to sources in England, Lille recently rejected Liverpool’s offer of €50 million for the player. 

While this amount is close to what Lille have been asking for, they have set a price tag of €60 million and are in no mood to lower their demands.

Real Madrid continue to lead the race

The main challenge for clubs interested in Yoro is that many believe he has already decided to join Real Madrid

Lille have turned down €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite this, Real Madrid have not made a formal move to negotiate with Lille, as they are unwilling to meet the €60 million asking price.

In the meantime, other clubs hoping to sign Yoro are relying on the chance that he might reconsider and choose a different team over Real Madrid. 

Liverpool, in particular, have been doubtful about their chances of securing Yoro, mainly because of Real Madrid’s interest.

Yoro wants Real Madrid

Discussions about Yoro have been widespread recently, with many suggesting that the player is aware of Real Madrid’s interest and is waiting for them to prioritise his transfer. 

However, the main sticking point remains Lille’s demand and Real Madrid, knowing that Yoro’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, are not willing to pay that much.

Given that Yoro has only one year left on his contract after this summer, Real Madrid are reluctant to enter a bidding war and pay more than they think is reasonable. 

Reports indicate that Real Madrid are not prepared to offer more than €30 million for the player.

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