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Real Madrid icon the toughest striker he has ever faced, claims Barcelona mainstay

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Despite their rivalry with Barcelona, the Real Madrid dressing room is said to have immense respect for their defender Ronald Araujo. The Uruguayan international has been one of the biggest thorns for Los Blancos in recent Clasicos but his professionalism is said to be admired in Madrid.

With El Clasico scheduled to kick off later this week, the defender was interviewed by Movistar Plus about the grandstand fixture.

During the same interview, he was asked about the most difficult striker he had ever faced, to which he named a Real Madrid player.

“Karim Benzema,” Araujo said when quizzed about the toughest striker he had come face-to-face against in his career.

Considering that the French striker has scored three goals in his last five official Clasicos, the centre-back’s choice is understandable. While Araujo may have faced a tough time against Benzema in recent clashes, one would more often find the Uruguayan to be facing Vinicius Jr at right-back.

Since Xavi began his new strategy of deploying the youngster at right-back, the Brazilian winger has found it difficult to shine against Barcelona. In their most recent meeting, Vinicius could not manage a single shot on target.

The clash at Spotify Camp Nou on Sunday will be critical for the La Liga race. A Barcelona win would extend the Catalans’ lead to 12 points atop the standings. That figure could reduce to six on the night if the Merengues can pick up a victory.

The 24-year-old missed the Catalans’ last clash through suspension as he picked up a red card against Valencia on Matchday 24. With his one-game ban out of the way, he will return for the next league game.

The battle between Ronald Araujo and Real Madrid’s duo of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr will be a massive factor on Sunday. It remains to be seen what plan Carlo Ancelotti has in mind to combat the Barcelona defender.

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Lille reject €50 million offer from Premier League giants for Real Madrid target

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Lille have turned down a €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro, a young player who is also a target for Real Madrid.

Yoro, who is just 18 years old, has caught the attention of several major European clubs during this summer’s transfer window. 

Among these clubs are Liverpool, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain, all eager to sign the talented centre-back from Lille. However, they are all competing with Real Madrid, who are also very interested in Yoro.

According to sources in England, Lille recently rejected Liverpool’s offer of €50 million for the player. 

While this amount is close to what Lille have been asking for, they have set a price tag of €60 million and are in no mood to lower their demands.

Real Madrid continue to lead the race

The main challenge for clubs interested in Yoro is that many believe he has already decided to join Real Madrid

Lille have turned down €50 million offer from Liverpool for Leny Yoro. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite this, Real Madrid have not made a formal move to negotiate with Lille, as they are unwilling to meet the €60 million asking price.

In the meantime, other clubs hoping to sign Yoro are relying on the chance that he might reconsider and choose a different team over Real Madrid. 

Liverpool, in particular, have been doubtful about their chances of securing Yoro, mainly because of Real Madrid’s interest.

Yoro wants Real Madrid

Discussions about Yoro have been widespread recently, with many suggesting that the player is aware of Real Madrid’s interest and is waiting for them to prioritise his transfer. 

However, the main sticking point remains Lille’s demand and Real Madrid, knowing that Yoro’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, are not willing to pay that much.

Given that Yoro has only one year left on his contract after this summer, Real Madrid are reluctant to enter a bidding war and pay more than they think is reasonable. 

Reports indicate that Real Madrid are not prepared to offer more than €30 million for the player.

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