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Real Madrid monitoring 25-year-old AC Milan midfielder as Toni Kroos’ replacement

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Real Madrid are on the lookout for a fresh, promising talent to secure their midfield’s future, and a report from SPORT is suggesting they are interested in Milan and Netherlands’ Tijjani Reijnders.

It must be noted that in their quest to find a successor for Toni Kroos, Real Madrid have explored various options. 

Joshua Kimmich briefly surfaced as a potential target, but Madrid’s pursuit was never earnest, mainly due to his existing contract with Bayern Munich and widespread interest from other top clubs across Europe, including those in the English Premier League, Ligue 1, and even Barcelona.

Enter Reijnders.

Who exactly is Tijjani Reijnders? 

Reijnders, who has played five games for his national team this Euro, was only prompted to the squad by Ronald Koeman after Frenkie de Jong’s absence due to injury. 

At 25 years old, Reijnders has demonstrated his ability to perform under pressure on the international stage. While comparing him directly to Kroos might be premature, there are encouraging signs of his potential.

Tijjani Reijnders is being watched by Real Madrid. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Reijnders’ emergence has piqued the interest of Real Madrid’s technical team, who are monitoring his progress closely. On the other hand, Barcelona have also shown interest, a fact acknowledged by the player himself.

“Xavi Hernandez called me, but I had already chosen Milan,” the player had said in the past.

Signing Reijnders could be complicated

Interestingly, Reijnders’ current situation complicates matters. Having joined Milan in 2023 from AZ Alkmaar for €20 million plus add-ons, he is under contract until 2028. 

Despite his market value estimated at €30 million, Milan are reluctant to part ways unless presented with an irresistible offer. 

The amicable relationship between the clubs, however, could facilitate negotiations, but Madrid would need to table a substantial bid. For now, their interest remains speculative, but future developments could turn Reijnders into a clear target for the Spanish giants.

In summary, Real Madrid’s pursuit of a midfielder to succeed Toni Kroos has led them to consider Tijjani Reijnders, a young talent whose potential has attracted attention from across Europe. 

While any move remains in the realm of speculation, the dynamics of the transfer market and club relationships could shape Reijnders’ future, potentially making him a key target for Real Madrid in the coming seasons.

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

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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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