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Real Madrid full-back could be headed for the exit doors next summer – report

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Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a busy summer at the end of the season as several of their players are facing an uncertain future at the club.

Starting from the contract uncertainty of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, to the pressure of selling Eden Hazard, there might be a significant overhaul in the squad in the summer.

According to MARCA, there is one more player who is in contention to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season, due to his contract not being taken care of.

The player in question is Ferland Mendy. The Frenchman had been a part of the Real Madrid setup since 2019 when he joined the club in a €48 million move from Lyon. The defender has since become a crucial outlet in the left-back position, having featured in 122 competitive matches for the club.

However, the report suggests Mendy could leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season as the player is yet to renew his contract which expires in 2025.

There had been negotiations in the past over an extension, but the Frenchman’s wage demands put an end to those talks. And since then, there has been no fresh contact about a renewal for the full-back.

Since joining from Lyon, Mendy has had a topsy-turvy time at Real Madrid. The left-back has performed well on occasions, showcasing excellent technical qualities and speed. However, he has been criticised for his lack of consistency and intent to get forward.

On top of that, Real Madrid have been gunning for a new left-back for quite some time now. Former youth prospects like Miguel Gutierrez and Fran Garcia have been linked quite heavily, while there is believed to an interest in Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich as well.

The Whites have been eyeing a move for Croatian international Josko Gvardiol, who may even join the Real Madrid setup in the summer.

Mendy’s exit, therefore, could pave the way for Los Blancos to fund a move for Gvardiol, though given the club’s lack of depth in the position, they may even opt to sign another option in the summer transfer window.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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