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Real Madrid offer €20 million for 16-year-old wonderkid, salary agreement reached

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As the footballing world closely follows Euro 2024 and Copa America this summer, Real Madrid are steadily working behind the scenes to complete their squad-building process heading into the new season.

Real Madrid have already roped in French superstar Kylian Mbappe and Brazilian prodigy Endrick. Their next target appears to be a creative midfielder, with Franco Mastantuono emerging as the ideal option.

In recent weeks, Real Madrid have led other clubs in the race to sign the Argentine sensation, who currently plies his trade for River Plate.

Real Madrid’s formal offer for Mastantuono

A recent report from Diario SPORT has now offered a crucial update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Franco Mastantuono.

The report suggests Los Blancos have put forth an official proposal to sign the River Plate starlet this summer.

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The European champions have proposed an offer worth €20 million, which is quite reasonable for a 16-year-old.

Having missed out on Argentine talents such as Claudio Echeverri and Julian Alvarez in the recent, Real Madrid do not want any complications with River Plate this time around.

River Plate are yet to respond to Real Madrid’s offer, but the Argentine outfit had earlier indicated an asking price of €45 million, which is the value of the player’s release clause.

However, it appears unlikely any club would like to match that amount in the current market, even though Manchester City are still pursuing the player.

Real Madrid, for their part, have settled the terms of the agreement with Mastantuono, meaning the club will be in a position to snap up the deal quickly, as soon as River Plate accept their offer.

The coming weeks could prove to be critical, as far as the future of Mastantuono is concerned.

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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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