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Real Madrid favourites to sign defensive prodigy despite Liverpool, Man United pushing hard

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It is no secret at this point that Real Madrid are eager to sign Leny Yoro from LOSC Lille in the summer transfer window.

The 18-year-old centre-back is the top target to reinforce the defensive department amidst the possibility that Nacho Fernandez will leave the club in the summer.

But, Los Blancos are not the only club pursuing the young centre-half as a number of top teams from across Europe are looking at him.

Liverpool, Man United pushing but Real Madrid favourites

Indeed, as per David Ornstein of The Athletic, both Liverpool and Manchester United are pushing extremely hard for the signing of Leny Yoro, but even they see Real Madrid are the favourites in the race.

Only earlier today we reported that the 18-year-old French starlet prefers Real Madrid over PSG and other possible suitors as well.

Yoro’s contract with Lille expires next year and he will not sign a renewal, with club president Olivier Letang confirming that the youngster will be leaving in the summer.

Man in demand. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Yoro’s presence at Wembley for Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund has only served to strengthen the belief that he will join the Spanish giants even if a move does not materialise immediately.

Real Madrid have been following Yoro for a long time with chief scout Juni Calafat taking a special interest in the case.

Those at the club see him as a “generational talent” and the scouting department advises that the player should be signed regardless of his price or any concerns over how they would immediately fit into the squad.

Since then, there have been several talks held with the Frenchman’s camp, with CEO Jose Angel Sanchez leading the discussions. And they have received very positive indications about his intentions to join the club.

But the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United are not discouraged by this and see Yoro as a unique market opportunity that cannot be missed. So, it remains to be seen how things develop in the coming weeks.

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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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