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Real Madrid hope to announce the signing of key target by July 16 – report

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With the signing of Kylian Mbappe completed, Real Madrid are now completely focused on the capture of his compatriot Leny Yoro from LOSC Lille.

The 18-year-old is Los Blancos’ top target to fortify the centre-back position following the exit of former captain Nacho Fernandez.

The player, for his part, is intent on making the move to the Santiago Bernabeu but Lille’s asking price was proving to be a major issue.

But, reports over the weekend suggested that the Ligue 1 outfit are now considering lowering their demands for the defender, paving the way for a transfer.

Real Madrid hope to announce deal in over a week

Now, journalist Ramon Alvarez de Mon (h/t RM4Arab) reports that Real Madrid are hopeful of completing the deal to sign Leny Yoro from Lille and announce it by July 16.

Negotiations are said to be underway between the two clubs and Los Blancos are very optimistic about securing the 18-year-old’s services.

Yoro could be a Real Madrid player soon. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

With Lille now ready to play ball over the asking price, there is hope that the operation can be closed at the earliest possible.

Real Madrid are scheduled to begin pre-season on July 15 and having Yoro available as soon as possible would give him an opportunity to get used to his new team and teammates before the season kicks off.

Considering that Yoro will not be a part of the France Olympics squad, the 18-year-old will be at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal for the entire pre-season campaign, if the deal goes ahead as planned.

It is now up to the two clubs to iron out the details and reach an agreement soon, with the player already understood to be onboard.

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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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