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Real Madrid have agreement in principle with key defensive target

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Real Madrid are making strides towards achieving their goals in the transfer market even before the summer window is officially open.

Having already secured the signing of Kylian Mbappe, the Merengues are moving ahead in their pursuit of Lille defender Leny Yoro.

The departure of Nacho Fernandez has only forced the Spanish and European champions to step up their efforts to land the 18-year-old.

Agreement in principle between Real Madrid and Yoro

To that end, Carrusel Deportivo reports that Real Madrid have an agreement in principle with Leny Yoro over a transfer this summer.

However, they are yet to reach an agreement with the French defensive prodigy’s club, Lille, over a transfer fee.

Yoro has been attracting strong interest from several other big clubs across Europe, with Liverpool, Manchester United, and PSG among his admirers.

Yoro only wants Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

However, the defensive ace has been turning down any and all approaches that are not from Real Madrid and has his heart set on a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Now, it is being claimed that Yoro already has an agreement in place with Real Madrid.

What are the next steps?

With Real Madrid and Yoro reaching an agreement in principle, the club’s next step is to agree on a transfer fee with Lille, which is proving to be a hurdle.

The Ligue 1 outfit are demanding a fee in excess of €50 million for their defensive asset, but Real Madrid do not have any intention of paying such a sum. After all, Yoro only has one year left on his contract with the French club.

Lille run the risk of losing Yoro for nothing next year if he continues to turn down proposals from other clubs and ends up staying.

As such, reducing their asking price and reaching a mutually beneficial agreement with Real Madrid appears the best way forward for the Lille.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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