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Real Madrid face competition from Man United in pursuit of Argentine prodigy – report

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Real Madrid are gearing up to compete with Manchester United for the signing of Franco Mastantuono, according to a report from Defensa Central.

It must be noted that Real Madrid have already secured the signing of Kylian Mbappe, but the team is certainly not stopping there. 

Despite ongoing considerations with players like Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro, club president Florentino Perez has Mastantuono prominently on his radar.

Mastantuono, an Argentine footballer, is highly regarded at Valdebebas and it is said that Juni Calafat, the club’s chief scout, has given positive feedback about the player to the sports management team. 

The coaching staff is currently closely monitoring the player’s development and are impressed with his progress.

Move for Mastantuono will not be easy

A major obstacle, however, is the transfer fee demanded by River Plate, Mastantuono’s current team. 

Franco Mastantuono is also wanted Real Madrid and Manchester United. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

They are asking for €45 million, which is a substantial amount. This fee is the highest in Argentina football, and as of now, Real Madrid are not prepared to meet this price.

Meanwhile, Mastantuono has not only caught the attention of Real Madrid but also that of many other clubs, including Manchester United. 

It is said that United are reportedly very keen on securing the player and are prepared to make a strong bid.

Man United’s interest is strong

Manchester United are one of Real Madrid’s main competitors for Mastantuono’s signature, but despite this, Perez views Mastantuono as a medium to long-term investment.

Within the team, there is still a lingering regret over missing out on Julian Alvarez as the club highly desired him. However, the transfer couldn’t be completed because the quota for non-EU players was already full at the time.

Given this past disappointment, Real Madrid are determined to explore the Argentine market again, and Mastantuono seems like an ideal candidate. 

He has proven himself as a valuable player in the present and shows great promise for the future.

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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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