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Real Madrid plan to swoop for 22-year-old defender if Leny Yoro move fails – report

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It is no secret that Real Madrid want to sign Leny Yoro from Real Madrid this summer to replace Nacho Fernandez, who left the club as a free agent.

The 18-year-old Yoro wants to move to the Santiago Bernabeu but negotiations with his club, Lille, are proving to be an obstacle.

After all, the Ligue 1 heavyweights are demanding a mammoth fee of €70 million for the defender, even though his contract expires in 2025.

Real Madrid, for their part, have no intentions of meeting that figure, which could lead to the transfer falling through.

Real Madrid will move for Calafiori if Yoro doesn’t arrive

Over the past week, there have been contradicting reports emerging regarding Real Madrid’s interest in Bologna and Italy defender Riccardo Calafiori.

Continuing the trend, AS now reports that Real Madrid indeed see the 22-year-old as a Plan B if they are unable to reach an agreement with Lille for Leny Yoro.

Leny Yoro remains Real Madrid’s priority. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Calafiori enjoyed a solid 2023/24 season with Bologna, helping them finish in the top five of Serie A and showcased his level in the few opportunities he got the Euros.

Following that, the Italian defender is attracting strong interest from the Premier League while Real Madrid also seem to have taken note of his qualities.

However, what is clear is that the Merengues see Yoro’s signing as the absolute priority. Only if a move for the Frenchman does not materialise for some reason will they consider exploring the signing of Calafiori.

But with the likes of Arsenal said to be keen on signing the Bologna man, it appears more likely that he ends up in the Premier League while Real Madrid continue focusing on signing Yoro.

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Real Madrid star presented with golden opportunity to seal Ballon d’Or triumph

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With the Euro and Copa America finals approaching, the period for Ballon d’Or 2024 consideration is about to close.

These final two matches represent the last opportunities for frontrunners of the individual award to make a significant impact.

Given their dominant domestic seasons, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr. are top contenders for the award. However, Vinicius’ early exit with Brazil widens the field of candidates.

Bellingham’s golden opportunity

Now, Jude Bellingham has a golden opportunity to secure the Ballon d’Or if he leads his team to victory in the Euros.

Taking on Spain in the finals, a victory would ensure that the Champions League winner is awarded a first-place position on the Ballon d’Or podium.

His impressive stats at the Euros coupled with his two match-winning goals strengthen his chances of achieving victory. And a triumph on such a grand stage would cap off a stellar season, making a strong case for his candidacy.

Ballon d’Or incoming? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

However, if Spain clinch the title in the final, the competition for the Ballon d’Or becomes much more open.

Given the Ballon d’Or’s tradition of placing significant importance on performances in international tournaments, the prospect of a Spanish player winning the award increases considerably if Spain wins the final.

In that case, Rodri stands as one of the frontrunners. Having won the Premier League with Manchester City and proving himself one of Spain’s most crucial performers in midfield, he would be a legitimate candidate.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s very own Dani Carvajal also would be a realistic option. He contributed considerably to Los Blancos’ trophies and scored the opener in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Euro final is pivotal for Bellingham’s Ballon d’Or prospects. Winning and performing well could secure the award for him. Finalists will be announced on September 4, with the grand ceremony set to take place on October 28.

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