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Real Madrid hopeful of closing 18-year-old’s signing in next two weeks – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in signing Leny Yoro is no more a secret. Adding to the intrigue, a report from AS has affirmed that the record European champions are hoping to close his signing within the next two weeks.

The outlet suggests that Real Madrid’s executive, Juni Calafat, has been handling the negotiations and has considered two possible scenarios. 

The preferred option was thought to be for Yoro to continue with Lille until 2025, allowing him to join Real Madrid on a free transfer. 

However, this plan hinged on Nacho’s future. But now that he has opted for a lucrative offer from Saudi football, Real Madrid are left with no other option but to negotiate with Lille.

Problems for Real Madrid are plenty

It is said that Lille are reportedly seeking a staggering €70 million for the young defender, a price that Real Madrid are reluctant to pay. 

Leny Yoro is Real Madrid’s priority target. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The club is instead offering a maximum of €40 million, with the possibility of additional bonuses. This has led to a bidding war, with Paris Saint-Germain also in the running, having made an initial offer of €60 million. 

Manchester United and Liverpool have also shown interest, but Yoro seems to favour a move to Real Madrid.

Madrid have an alternative in place

While negotiations with Lille continue, Real Madrid are also exploring other options. According to reports, the club has inquired about Riccardo Calafiori, a 23-year-old defender from Bologna. 

The Italian club values Calafiori at €40 million, with Juventus also showing interest. Real Madrid hope to use this as leverage to lower Lille’s asking price for Leny Yoro.

With the 2024/25 preseason set to begin, Real Madrid are eager to find a replacement for Nacho. 

The current squad consists of Rafa Marin, who is expected to leave, Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger, who are away on international duty, and David Alaba, who is recovering from a serious knee injury. 

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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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