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Real Madrid have scouted teenage defender multiple times, expect big fight for his signing – Romano

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Real Madrid have a hectic agenda ahead for the summer transfer window. Multiple positions are seen to be in need of reinforcements to elevate the already formidable side to the next level.

Among Los Blancos’ objectives for the summer are the incorporation of a world-class left-back and a blockbuster forward signing. The third, yet equally critical recruitment, must arrive in central defence.

Real Madrid’s preferred candidate

The men in white may boast of one of Europe’s most formidable defences in terms of numbers this season. Yet, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba and Nacho Fernandez being on the wrong side of 30 does not help their cause in the long term.

Real Madrid will thus go for a young and versatile name in June, and Leny Yoro is one who has been extensively linked with the Spanish capital. The 18-year-old defender is already a regular starter for Ligue 1 side Lille and is seen as one with a very high ceiling.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, the Merengues have been in attendance to watch Yoro multiple times this season and they really like his profile. He has impressed the club’s scouts and the administration will make a big effort to sign him.

However, it will not be easy as the youngster has caught the attention of several other elite clubs in Europe. Romano adds that a big fight between top clubs is expected in the summer for his signing with PSG and Manchester United also in the race.

Who are the alternatives?

With Real Madrid only targeting young talents, not a large number of names have found their way onto Florentino Perez’s wishlist. Two others, however, have been discussed apart from Leny Yoro.

Goncalo Inacio, Sporting CP’s 22-year-old defender is seen as a viable option by the Galacticos given his rapid growth in recent years. Another option from Portugal is Benfica’s young centre-back Antonio Silva, who at just 20 years of age, has already made himself a regular presence in Liga Portugal.

A third player who has an outside chance and would not qualify as a new signing is Rafa Marin, Real Madrid’s on-loan defender playing at Alaves. Needless to say, Los Blancos have a big decision to make come June.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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