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Real Madrid mulling over €8m return of former defender amid Man United interest

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Real Madrid find themselves at a crossroads regarding their left-back options as they enter the summer transfer window.

The futures of Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia hang in the balance. Madrid are reportedly not keen on awarding Mendy a new contract, while Fran Garcia is also not considered a crucial asset for coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Amidst this backdrop of uncertainty, Miguel Gutierrez has emerged as a potential signing.

Having left Real Madrid for Girona in the summer of 2022 for a meagre fee of €4 million, a return to his boyhood club is on the cards.

Madrid contemplates Miguel’s return

According to MARCA Miguel Gutierrez’s future hinges on Real Madrid’s decision-making this summer.

Real Madrid, retaining 50% of his rights and a summer buy-back option, could bring him back for just €8 million, which is considered a steal given his stellar performance during Girona’s remarkable campaign.

However, if Los Blancos opt to not activate the clause, they retain a future option in 2025 for a discounted fee of €6 million.

Miguel Gutierrez has impressed at Girona. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

As of now, Gutierrez’s future is uncertain. If Real Madrid sign Alphonso Davies and retain Mendy, and Garcia in the squad, his return this summer would be ruled out unlikely, potentially delaying until the following year.

Gutierrez and Girona are waiting for Real Madrid’s call to decide their next move. Although it remains to be seen if the youngster returns this summer, the Spaniard’s continuity at Montilivi appears distant.

After all, the 22-year-old full-back’s standout season, highlighted by nine assists and two goals, has drawn interest from top European clubs like Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United.

One possibility would be for Real Madrid to re-sign Gutierrez before selling him to a different club like United, who are on the lookout for a left-back.

On the other hand, the Merengues can let him continue at Girona and play Champions League football, before considering re-signing him in 2025.

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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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