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Real Madrid plan to offer less than €40 million for defensive target

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Real Madrid are actively seeking to bolster their defensive department in the upcoming transfer window.

The club is focused on securing reinforcements to strengthen their backline and ensure injuries do not deplete the team significantly, especially considering the Merengues missed many of their key defenders this season.

As such, one of the names piquing Madrid’s interest is Leny Yoro, who has been flying high with Ligue 1 outfit Lille.

Real Madrid will not break the bank on Yoro

Indeed, according to Caught Offside Real Madrid are expected to propose an offer of less than €40 million for Leny Yoro this summer.

Los Blancos are taking a cautious approach, as Yoro’s contract expires in 2025, and they are unwilling to overpay for a player nearing the end of his current deal.

While Lille are demanding about €60 million for the teenage defender, Real Madrid have made it clear that they do not intend to splash cash on someone who will be a free agent the following year.

Leny Yoro’s contract expires in 2025. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Moreover, another reason that Real Madrid are in no rush is that Yoro himself dreams of donning the royal white jersey, deeming the club at the top of his list of preferences.

The player is in high demand from other elite European teams, but the 18-year-old’s inclination toward Real Madrid hands them a major boost.

Real Madrid want Yoro to take the initiative

Since Madrid are in no mood to meet Lille’s high asking price, Real Madrid are banking on Yoro to push for a move.

The player’s agent Jorge Mendes maintains an influential role in the world of football and could negotiate a reduced fee if there is enough pressure on Lille.

After all, if Yoro stays put and ignores other offers, Lille would be forced to comply since they will then run the risk of losing him for free in 2025.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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