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Real Madrid keeping special tabs on England midfielder during the World Cup – report

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A recent report from Diario SPORT has offered a detailed report on the list of players Real Madrid are targeting in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

It appears they are mainly targeting young players with the potential to become an asset for the club in the years to come, with Jude Bellingham emerging as the club’s priority.

The Borussia Dortmund starlet has recently starred in England’s 6-2 victory against Iran, notably scoring the all-important opener while playing a key role behind Jack Grealish’s goal at the end.

The report suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on Bellingham’s progress in the World Cup. The Englishman is regarded as one of the most talented young players in world football and his price is expected to skyrocket after the end of the tournament.

Los Blancos have likely identified him as an ideal long-term replacement for Luka Modric, whose contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season.

Bellingham’s technical prowess, combined with his leadership and composure in tense situations make him a perfect target for Real Madrid as they look to shore up their ranks in the middle of the park. The youngster may also be an excellent partner for the young midfield duo of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga.

However, luring Bellingham away from Dortmund will not be a walk in the park. The Black and Yellows are said to be holding out for a fortune for the services of the former Birmingham City starlet, whose value may easily reach up to €150 million by the end of the World Cup.

In addition, Real Madrid are set to face stiff competition from other European giants including Liverpool and Manchester City, who may even have an advantage due to the presence of Bellingham’s old Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland.

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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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