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Real Madrid interested in 17-year-old Spanish defensive prodigy, offer tabled

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According to AS, Real Madrid have set their sights on Malaga’s teenage defensive prodigy Izan Merino and have already made a move to sign him this summer.

A product of the Malaga youth academy, Merino is a centre-back who can also operate in the defensive midfield position.

Despite being just 17 years old, the teenager is already playing for Malaga’s reserve team and has been training with the first-team setup under the orders of manager Sergio Pellicer.

Merino also has three caps for the Spanish Under-17 national team, for whom he made his debut in May earlier this year.

The youngster’s talent and potential have alerted Real Madrid, who have already acted upon their interest in him by tabling an offer.

Indeed, as per the report, the Spanish capital giants have sent in a proposal worth €250,000 for the teenager.

Malaga reluctant to sell

However, Malaga are reluctant to lose one of the gems of their youth system by allowing Merino to leave for Real Madrid.

The club’s sporting director Loren Juarros recently confirmed that Los Blancos are indeed trying to sign the 17-year-old, but they plan on convincing him to stay.

“Real Madrid were interested in Izan quite some time ago and we are stopping them. Izan is a boy with deep roots at the club and we are going to do everything we can to stop him leaving,” he said.

“We want him to stay and Málaga are not considering any other option. Real Madrid have expressed interest, but we’ve never thought about him leaving here.”

Merino has a contract with Malaga until 2025 with a €3 million release clause. It is clear by Juarros’ words that they do not wish to lose the talented youngster this summer.

Whether Real Madrid can convince them to part ways with the teenage defender remains to be seen.

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How Manchester United’s pursuit of Dutch star could benefit Real Madrid

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The highly anticipated transfer of Leny Yoro to Real Madrid has encountered an unexpected obstacle, with Manchester United’s surprise entry into the race. 

The Red Devils have successfully negotiated a substantial €50 million+ bid with Lille, leaving Real Madrid’s chances hanging by a thread. 

This means the only factor still in favour of Real Madrid is Yoro’s strong desire to wear the iconic white shirt, a dream he has harboured for a long time.

As things stand, Real Madrid face significant hurdles. For once, Lille are exerting pressure on the player to accept Manchester United’s offer, given its considerable value. 

On the other hand, Real Madrid are hesitant to match this figure, creating a stalemate. Additionally, Manchester United are eager to secure a top-notch defender, especially with the departure of Raphael Varane, a former Real Madrid player. 

This sense of urgency is driving United’s pursuit of Yoro, making them a formidable competitor in the transfer race.

A glimmer of hope for Real Madrid

Despite these challenges, one crucial factor continues to give Real Madrid an edge in the race for Yoro’s signature. 

Leny Yoro only wants to play for Real Madrid. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

As it turns out, Manchester United are also considering Bayern Munich defender Matthijs de Ligt as a priority target. De Ligt has given his nod to the move and has instructed his representatives to disregard other offers. 

This development provides Real Madrid with a much-needed advantage in the pursuit of Yoro, as United’s focus is divided between two top defenders.

While Manchester United have made progress in negotiations with both De Ligt and Yoro, it is unlikely that they will recruit both players. 

Given De Ligt’s readiness to make an immediate move, Manchester United are expected to prioritize his transfer, leaving Real Madrid as the sole contender for Yoro’s signature. 

This twist in the tale gives Real Madrid a glimmer of hope, as they can now focus their efforts on convincing Yoro to join their ranks.

Yoro’s dilemma: To wait for Madrid or join United

Yoro’s preference is to join Real Madrid, but the club has yet to indicate its willingness to match Lille’s accepted fee from Manchester United.

This has led the Ligue 1 club to favour a transfer deal with the Premier League club. 

If Yoro is to make a move this summer, he faces a difficult decision: either wait until 2025 to join Real Madrid for free, which Lille are unlikely to accept, or agree to a transfer to Manchester United, which would benefit the French club. 

The fate of Yoro’s transfer hangs in the balance

Real Madrid are locked in their pursuit of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The outcome of Yoro’s transfer now hangs precariously in the balance. Real Madrid’s reluctance to match Manchester United’s offer and Yoro’s personal preference for the Spanish giants are the key factors in this high-stakes transfer drama. 

Will Yoro choose to wait for his dream move to Real Madrid or opt for a switch to Manchester United? Only time will tell. 

In the end, Yoro’s transfer will have significant implications for all parties involved. Real Madrid’s hopes of landing their top target hang in the balance, while Manchester United’s urgency to recruit a top defender has thrown a spanner in the works. 

Lille, too, are eager to cash in on their prized asset, and Yoro’s decision will determine the fate of his transfer.

But with United going after De Ligt, it could end up playing into the hands of Real Madrid, helping them land their top target to replace Nacho.

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