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Real Madrid make approach for teenage defender, but €60 million price tag a problem

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Real Madrid have been considering the option of bringing forward the signing of a central defender to the first-team squad by one year, reports MARCA.

Initially, the plan was to reinforce the position in the summer of 2025. But ACL injuries to Eder Militao and David Alaba, the logical question marks over their recovery and the expiry of Nacho’s contract, have led the club to begin the search for the centre-back for this year itself.

Leny Yoro at the top of the list

As per the report, Lille OSC teenager Leny Yoro tops the wishlist at Real Madrid to reinforce the centre-back position in the summer.

In fact, it is claimed that Los Blancos have already made an approach for the 18-year-old, but Lille’s €60 million price tag on the youngster is seen as an issue.

Yoro, who is also a target for PSG, has been making a solid impression in Ligue 1 despite his young age.

Real Madrid are understood to have excellent reports on the teenager, with the club seeing him as a player with a great capacity to evolve as a centre-back, but also with the ability to move to right-back with a certain degree of confidence.

On Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid opted not to reinforce defence in last two windows

Last night’s game against Atletico Madrid, during which Real Madrid dropped points thanks to Marcos Llorente’s 93rd-minute equaliser, once again raised question marks over the Merengues’ recruitment.

Despite losing Eder Militao to an ACL injury in the first game of the season, no new defender was signed. Furthermore, the team lost David Alaba to another ACL injury heading into the winter window, but once again, the club opted not to sign anyone.

Last night, with Antonio Rudiger also injured, Carlo Ancelotti was forced to use Dani Carvajal and Nacho at centre-back, and the pair’s shortcomings, especially in the air, were there for everyone to see.

Many players were offered, but the Real Madrid management prefer to invest in the long term, i.e. to continue with the policy of signing young talents.

And having opted not to sign anyone, they have now set their sights on Yoro for the coming summer. Whether they are able to negotiate a lower price for the 18-year-old remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano

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As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.

It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.

Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.

Real Madrid will not pay crazy money

Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.

The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.

So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.

Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.

But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.

In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.

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