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Real Madrid remain ‘big favourites’ to land Kylian Mbappe – Romano

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According to reports from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid remain the big favourites to sign Kylian Mbappe. There is interest in the World Cup winner noted from other parts of Europe, but none is strong enough to displace the Merengues.

Los Blancos have actively pursued Mbappe for a long time now. Florentino Perez dreams of bringing the French star to the club as its next marquee signing and has been working relentlessly towards it in recent transfer windows.

While the club’s admiration of the forward is well documented, it is also well-known that Mbappe himself dreams of donning the white colours. The PSG star has dreamt of representing Real Madrid since his childhood, making his eventual move to the Santiago Bernabeu more obvious.

The ongoing transfer window, on that front, is the closest Los Blancos have come to signing him. Mbappe appears unwilling to renew in France, and a move to Real Madrid is on the cards given PSG’s firm decision to sell him if he does not renew.

The recent entry of clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool into the race once again created doubts over Mbappe’s next destination.

The Red Devils have entered a full-fledged rebuild under Erik ten Hag and find themselves needing an elite goalscorer to cap off a talented squad. United’s entry into the scene seeded ‘fear’ in the minds of the Real Madrid administration, but Romano’s report puts the doubts to bed.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are also said to be prepared to meet PSG’s €200 million price tag for the French prodigy this summer. However, they do not have the player’s willingness nor do they have the financial leverage required to pull off such a mega move.

As such, Real Madrid remain the favourites to land his signature as it stands.

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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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