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Real Madrid plan creative strategy to land talented 18-year-old center-back

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Leny Yoro, the young prospect hailing from Lille, has piqued Real Madrid’s interest ahead of the highly anticipated summer transfer window.

Real Madrid has been keeping a close eye on the defender for some time, and they have even sent scouts back to monitor his development.

The Merengues are not the only interested party though, as teams in Europe are vying for the services of Lille’s 18-year-old defender, who has made a significant impact in Ligue 1.

An alternate strategy for Yoro

While Lille’s €60 million price tag for Yoro has been deemed a roadblock in Los Blancos’ pursuit of the teenage whizkid, the club are devising strategies that do not take a massive toll on their pocket.

Indeed, as per Ramón Álvarez, Yoro may sign with Real Madrid in 2024 and spend a season on loan.

This would result in a lower price tag, and the possible overbooking caused by Nacho’s possible renewal would be softened.

Besides that, spending a year on loan could potentially aid the youngster’s development process too, which may act as a further incentive for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid leading the race

Yoro has amassed interest from a variety of elite European clubs, namely Manchester United, Chelsea, and PSG to name a few.

However, Real Madrid is still the front-runner to capture Yoro’s signature despite the mounting interest in the defensive prodigy.

The only hurdle they face is Lille’s high asking price, which is especially problematic considering Real Madrid intends to sign Alphonso Davies this summer too.

But if the Ligue 1 outfit opens up to the idea of accepting a lower fee with a loan spell, an acquisition would become far more seamless for Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid ready to wait for 18-year-old defender as Lille demand €60 million amidst Premier League interest

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Real Madrid have been keeping a close eye on Lille defender Leny Yoro for some time now as they see the young Frenchman as a strategic addition to their squad.

However, journalist Jose Felix Diaz reports through MARCA that Real Madrid are prepared to wait, as Lille are demanding a steep €60 million for the player and this high price tag has caused Madrid to hold off on making an immediate move.

Despite their strong interest, Real Madrid are not rushing to finalise Yoro’s transfer. They faced a similar situation when signing Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer of 2022. 

At that time, it seemed Tchouameni might join a Premier League team, and Real Madrid appeared to step back. Eventually, they managed to secure him. 

Now, they find themselves in a similar position with Yoro. Interest from English clubs has prompted Lille to set a high price for the transfer, around €60 million, a sum that Real Madrid is hesitant to match right now.

Real Madrid want Yoro to show desire

Leny Yoro is wanted by Real Madrid. (Photo by VALENTINE CHAPUIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Yoro’s contract with Lille runs until 2025, which gives him and his agent, Jorge Mendes, some leverage. They need to show their desire to join Real Madrid, making it clear that he wants to play for the Spanish club. 

This situation is tricky because leaving Lille without the club receiving any compensation isn’t ideal, but the decision ultimately lies with Yoro and Mendes.

Discussions about Yoro and other potential signings have been ongoing for months at Real Madrid. However, the transfer market won’t heat up until all club competitions end. 

By then, Real Madrid will be ready to seize any opportunity to secure a player like Yoro, considered a key future talent for the team.

In summary, Real Madrid are indeed interested in signing Yoro but are taking a cautious approach due to Lille’s high demands. 

The next few weeks will be crucial as they wait for the right moment to make their move, hoping to add Yoro to their roster without overpaying.

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