Connect with us

Real Madrid News

Real Madrid, PSG battling it out for €40 million-rated teenage defensive prodigy



Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images

The future of Real Madrid’s centre-back position has been a subject of discussion for a while now. After all, the core of Los Blancos’ defence David Alaba, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are all on the wrong side of 30.

Eder Militao is the one name the club can hope to rely on in the long run. One of the best-placed candidates to join him, as relayed several times in recent weeks, is young Leny Yoro.

Three-way race

Lille’s 18-year-old centre-back, Yoro, has caught the eye of several of Europe’s elite in recent times. At a young age, he has already made himself a regular with the senior team and is one of the key pillars in Paulo Fonseca’s project.

As reported by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are one of the several clubs vying for the youngster’s signature. Their biggest competition on that front includes the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG, on that front, appear to be the biggest threat to Los Blancos’ plans considering that they are based in France.

As a French player himself, the proposal of playing at the elite level from his home country could tempt Yoro. Luis Enrique’s side are currently working to sign the defender as early as the coming January.

Real Madrid, PSG want Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

However, word has it that the player wishes to continue with Lille until next summer when he will decide his next step, which could provide Real Madrid more time to make their move.

A big fee

A combination of Yoro’s young age and immense potential impart a gargantuan fee to his transfer.

According to MD, any interested party must shell out between €40 million to €50 million to sign the talented defender.

The 18-year-old’s contract with Lille runs until the summer of 2025, and it is clear that the French club will hold the upper hand in any negotiations that ensue.

The only factor that remains to be seen is how far the Merengues are willing to go to sign the protege.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images

It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

Continue Reading