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Real Madrid in contact with Ligue 1 outfit to sign €50 million-rated defender

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It is no secret that Real Madrid have their sights set on a summer move for LOSC Lille teenage defender Leny Yoro.

The 18-year-old is seen as the top target to reinforce the backline following Nacho Fernandez’s exit.

It has been reported that Los Blancos already have an agreement in principle with the teenage French prospect.

Real Madrid in contact with Lille

Now, Fabrizio Romano reports that Real Madrid have been in contact with Lille as they continue working on the signing of Leny Yoro.

As mentioned earlier, there are no problems as far as the player is considered with an agreement in place.

The teenage sensation wants only Real Madrid and is prepared to turn down approaches from other clubs, even though top teams like Liverpool, PSG, and Manchester United are knocking on the doors.

Leny Yoro wants only Real Madrid. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

The hurdle is now for Real Madrid to reach an agreement with Lille, given that the French club is making extravagant transfer fee demands.

Los Blancos, though, remain firm that they do not intend to offer more than €40 million considering that his contract expires in 2025.

With a line of communication now open between the two clubs, a mutually beneficial agreement might be reached considering that Lille could risk losing him for nothing next year if they do not sell and he refuses to renew.

As far as his other suitors like PSG and Liverpool are concerned, their only chance to sign Yoro would be if the move to Real Madrid ends up collapsing completely.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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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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