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Real Madrid set aside €90 million to sign two priority targets this summer

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Following the exit of Nacho Fernandez and Rafa Marin, coupled with David Alaba’s relentless woes with injury, Real Madrid have drawn a clear plan to reinforce the defensive unit this summer.

Their two objectives are to sign a new centre-back, who can replace Nacho in the years to come and a left-back, who can add more competition to Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia.

Alphonso Davies and Leny Yoro have emerged as two of Real Madrid’s desired targets, but acquiring their services have proven quite tricky so far.

Real Madrid’s budget for Yoro & Davies

Real Madrid have faced a familiar issue in the pursuit of both Davies and Yoro. Both their parent clubs are holding out for a hefty price tag even though their contracts expire in 2025.

Lille, for one, have been holding out for a fee of €60 million for the services of Yoro whereas Bayern Munich have sounded out a similar price tag for Davies.

Bayern are not budging on Davies’ high valuation (Photo by Leonardo Fernandez/Getty Images)

Keeping that in mind, Real Madrid have set aside a strict budget of €90 million for the pursuit of Yoro and Davies, reports SPORT.

The club do not agree with Lille and Bayern’s high valuation for the player and are actively trying to lower their asking price.

What if Real Madrid miss out on Yoro & Davies?

In the event Real Madrid miss out on the capture of Leny Yoro and Alphonso Davies this summer, the club have plan to sign them for free next summer.

Knowing both the players’ contracts expire in 2025, Real Madrid are aware that they have the upper hand in the pursuit.

As it stands, the European champions are in no rush to either and are more than willing to wait it out, if it means they can get their hands on the defensive duo for free.

Time is running out for both Lille and Bayern. Both clubs must soon make a decision on whether or not they are ready to lower the valuation. If not, they could run the risk of losing their star players for free next summer.

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Real Madrid star presented with golden opportunity to seal Ballon d’Or triumph

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With the Euro and Copa America finals approaching, the period for Ballon d’Or 2024 consideration is about to close.

These final two matches represent the last opportunities for frontrunners of the individual award to make a significant impact.

Given their dominant domestic seasons, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr. are top contenders for the award. However, Vinicius’ early exit with Brazil widens the field of candidates.

Bellingham’s golden opportunity

Now, Jude Bellingham has a golden opportunity to secure the Ballon d’Or if he leads his team to victory in the Euros.

Taking on Spain in the finals, a victory would ensure that the Champions League winner is awarded a first-place position on the Ballon d’Or podium.

His impressive stats at the Euros coupled with his two match-winning goals strengthen his chances of achieving victory. And a triumph on such a grand stage would cap off a stellar season, making a strong case for his candidacy.

Ballon d’Or incoming? (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

However, if Spain clinch the title in the final, the competition for the Ballon d’Or becomes much more open.

Given the Ballon d’Or’s tradition of placing significant importance on performances in international tournaments, the prospect of a Spanish player winning the award increases considerably if Spain wins the final.

In that case, Rodri stands as one of the frontrunners. Having won the Premier League with Manchester City and proving himself one of Spain’s most crucial performers in midfield, he would be a legitimate candidate.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s very own Dani Carvajal also would be a realistic option. He contributed considerably to Los Blancos’ trophies and scored the opener in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Euro final is pivotal for Bellingham’s Ballon d’Or prospects. Winning and performing well could secure the award for him. Finalists will be announced on September 4, with the grand ceremony set to take place on October 28.

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