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Real Madrid interested in 20-year-old Brazilian striker, Newcastle United also keen

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Real Madrid are always alert to the talents popping up in the South American region, in particular Brazil.

Over the years, the Merengues have signed players like Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, and Reinier Jesus, while more recently they acquired the services of Endrick, who will be arriving next summer.

The Spanish capital club continue to keep an eye out on the young prospects coming through the scenes in Brazil and it appears that a new name has appeared on their radars.

Real Madrid interested in Marcos Leonardo

Indeed, as per reports from GE Globo, Real Madrid are interested in Santos striker Marcos Leonardo, who has enjoyed a productive 2023 campaign in Brazil.

The 20-year-old centre-forward has registered 21 goals and four assists from 43 matches across all competitions for Santos this season, catching the eye of Real Madrid.

As per the report, Los Blancos have already made contact with Leonardo’s agent to make enquiry regarding the player’s profile and willingness to move to Europe.

In fact, Fernando Brito, one of the young striker’s representatives, was even present at the Santiago Bernabeu last night when Los Blancos defeated SC Braga 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League.

Marcos Leonardo has made an impression on Real Madrid. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Newcastle United also keen

However, Real Madrid are not the only club in the picture for Leonardo, as Premier League big-spenders Newcastle United have also taken a liking to the young forward.

Indeed, as per the report, days before Real Madrid’s enquiry, the Magpies too had made contact with the Brazilian prospect’s entourage to ask about him.

Meanwhile, AS Roma had also shown interest in him in the past but were shot down by Santos.

Leonardo has a contract with the Brazilian club until 2026, who own 70% of his rights. There has been no formal talk between any of the clubs at this point and it remains to be seen if there is further development from Real Madrid or Newcastle.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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