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Real Madrid see €40 million-rated prodigy as ‘main target’ to reinforce defence

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With reports earlier today claiming that Nacho Fernandez will leave Real Madrid in the summer, the Merengues are likely to go after the signing of a new central defender with greater intent.

Even though Rafa Marin is likely to return from his loan spell at Deportivo Alaves and join the first-team setup, it is widely expected that Real Madrid will sign another centre-half in the summer.

Leny Yoro the ‘main target’

For a while now, it has been reported that Real Madrid are interested in signing Leny Yoro from Lille in the summer.

Further reinforcing the sentiment, Fabrizio Romano reports that the 18-year-old teenage prodigy is seen as the ‘main target’ for the centre-back position by the Spanish capital club.

Yoro, 18, is enjoying a fine breakthrough campaign at Lille and has attracted interest from a plethora of top clubs, including Real Madrid and PSG.

Yoro (L) is Real Madrid’s top target. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

Los Blancos, for their part, are understood to have made contact with Yoro’s agent, Jorge Mendes, to get on top of the situation and secure his signing.

Yoro’s current contract with Lille expires in the summer of 2025 and he has not shown any indication of wanting to sign a new deal.

An exit is very much on the cards, with some outlets even mentioning that Real Madrid might be ‘best positioned’ to sign him.

However, as per Romano, the price tag that Lille set for their asset will play a key role in whether the move goes through or not.

What is certain is that Yoro is the top priority target for Real Madrid when it comes to reinforcing the centre-back department.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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