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Real Madrid face rejection from 25-year-old Arsenal centre-back – report

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Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has made a massive revelation that after Eder Militao was injured, Real Madrid expressed interest in Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

But as it turns out, the Brazilian said no to the record European champions as he decided to stay loyal to the London-based team. 

Los Blancos faced a massive setback on the opening day of the league as they found themselves without the services of Militao for a considerable amount of time. 

The Brazil international picked up a serious knee injury against Athletic Club and it was later revealed that he had suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The 25-year-old underwent knee surgery last week. Unfortunately, this injury casts a shadow over his season, rendering him unavailable for the majority of the campaign.

Real Madrid needed a replacement

Real Madrid’s initial idea was to rely on someone from the Castilla but initial deliberations forced them to think that signing a defender is actually a necessity. 

The club management embarked on a quest to explore potential centre-back options in light of Militao’s absence.

Among the candidates in the centre-back position that garnered Real Madrid’s attention, and still continues to do so, was Gabriel

Gabriel was on Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The 25-year-old had a significant role as a consistent presence in Mikel Arteta’s lineup during the previous season, however, the ongoing season has seen him start matches from the substitute bench.

Reports from the English press shed light on Real Madrid’s genuine interest in recruiting Gabriel. The Brazilian’s skill set and potential to bolster the team’s defence made him an attractive prospect. 

Gabriel said no

Despite this interest, it has been revealed that Gabriel has opted to remain loyal to Arsenal.

He turned down Real Madrid’s advances and also rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia that sought to secure his signature.

For Real Madrid, this outcome marks a temporary pause in their pursuit of defensive reinforcement, as they navigate the challenges posed by Militao’s absence.

As the season unfolds, the spotlight will remain on how the team adapts to this setback and how individuals step up to fill the void left by the injured defender.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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