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Real Madrid remain favourites to sign 18-year-old PSG and Chelsea target – Romano



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Leny Yoro is a player in demand heading into the summer transfer window, with top teams like Real Madrid and PSG, along with Chelsea interested in his services.

The 18-year-old centre-back is enjoying a brilliant breakthrough season at Lille and has done enough to convince Los Blancos to go after his signing in the summer.

PSG have been monitoring Yoro since January and even made a play for his signing in the winter but it did not lead to anything.

More recently, Chelsea, too, have entered the race for the teenage centre-half’s signing with Thiago Silva likely to move on at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain favourites to sign Yoro

Despite the growing interest in the 18-year-old defensive prodigy, Real Madrid remain the favourites to sign Yoro, reports Fabrizio Romano.

As per the Italian transfer guru, the Merengues are pushing hard to sign the teenage defender from Lille in the summer and are currently in the driver’s seat as far as the battle for his acquisition is concerned.

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Leny Yoro (L) is a top target for Real Madrid. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

PSG, for their part, will continue to make a push for Yoro’s signing like they did in January.

As for Chelsea, they are monitoring the defender but there have been no concrete moves made as of yet. Meanwhile, Manchester United are also reportedly scouting the 18-year-old.

In spite of all this, Real Madrid remain the frontrunners to secure the teenage defender’s signing.

Lille want €60 million for Yoro

While Real Madrid maintain a strong interest in Yoro, they are not prepared to shell out crazy money for his signing. After all, he is just 18 and has a contract that expires in 2025.

But Lille are holding out for a fee of around €60 million for their teenage gem, which could pose a hurdle in negotiations.

It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid are able to convince Lille to lower their valuation of the French centre-back.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’




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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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