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Real Madrid interested in 23-year-old Spanish goalkeeper

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Photo courtesy: RCD Espanyol official website

Having already signed Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid are looking to get more transfer business done in the days to come.

Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro are very much on the agenda for the Spanish and European champions heading into the summer window.

But, Los Blancos might also have to enter the market for a new goalkeeper as there is still some uncertainty surrounding Andriy Lunin’s future.

The Ukrainian international appeared set to renew his contract until 2029, but Thibaut Courtois’ return to full fitness and his selection for the UCL final has seemingly made Lunin reconsider things.

The 25-year-old is attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Juventus, among other clubs, forcing Real Madrid to make contingency plans.

Real Madrid eye Joan Garcia

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid have shown an interest in signing RCD Espanyol goalkeeper Joan Garcia in the summer.

Following an injury to Fernando Pacheco back in March, the 23-year-old Garcia got a chance with the Espanyol senior team and he made the most of his opportunity.

Even after Pacheco returned from an injury, Garcia was persisted with between the sticks and he has made 18 senior appearances, keeping ten clean sheets in the process.

With Espanyol vying for promotion to La Liga, the 23-year-old Spaniard dreams of playing with the Catalan club in the top flight.

But there is a chance that he could be tempted by a big move, with Real Madrid as well as some clubs in the Premier League interested.

Garcia has a contract with Espanyol until the summer of 2028 which contains a release clause that will rise above €20 million if they are promoted to La Liga.

There is a good working relationship between Real Madrid and Espanyol, as was witnessed by the operation they executed involving Joselu last summer.

For now, there are no movements and Real Madrid will wait for clarity on Lunin’s situation as well as Espanyol to complete their season before assessing their next step.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Photo by Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images

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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