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Real Madrid see former academy defender as Plan B for top transfer target

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Real Madrid have been on the lookout for a new defender this summer and have identified Leny Yoro as their priority target.

The LOSC Lille wonderkid is also eager to join the Merengues and is said to have an agreement with the club over a move this summer.

But talks between the two clubs are proving to be difficult as Lille are seeking a huge sum for the 18-year-old which Real Madrid are unwilling to meet owing to the fact that his contract expires in 2025.

Real Madrid are patient and confident about the entire situation, but with Lille accepting Manchester United’s €50 million bid, the possibility of missing out on Yoro exists.

Mario Gila the Plan B

In case Real Madrid end up missing out on the signing of Leny Yoro, they plan on turning to a familiar face in the form of Mario Gila, reports SPORT.

A return on the cards for Mario Gila? (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Gila, 23, joined the Real Madrid youth setup from RCD Espanyol in 2018 and went on to become a mainstay for the Castilla team, making more than 70 appearances.

The Merengues sold the 23-year-old centre-back to Lazio during the summer of 2022, although they did retain 50% of the defender’s rights.

Gila has steadily improved during his time in Italy, so much so that clubs like Inter Milan, Juventus, and Bayer Leverkusen.

And, Real Madrid have not lost sight of their former academy man who has a contract with Lazio until the summer of 2027.

Having bid goodbye to Nacho Fernandez and the sold Rafa Marin as well, the Spanish and European champions must reinforce their defence this summer.

Yoro remains the absolute priority in that regard but if circumstances change and the 18-year-old does not join, Gila is seen as the backup plan.

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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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