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Real Madrid set €40 million spending limit for 18-year-old key target

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Real Madrid have their sights firmly on a summer move for LOSC Lille defensive prodigy Leny Yoro as a key target for the summer.

The 18-year-old enjoyed a fine season with the Ligue 1 outfit and has top clubs across Europe pushing for his signature, with the likes of PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool all interested.

However, Yoro has his mind set on a move to Real Madrid which gives Los Blancos an advantage in the transfer race.

Real Madrid set spending limit

But, a move for Leny Yoro has been held up due to Real Madrid’s reluctance to meet Lille’s asking price for the teenage wonderkid.

In fact, AS now reports that Real Madrid are not willing to go beyond the €40 million mark to sign Yoro.

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

Considering that the player is only 18 years old and is entering the final year of his contract at the Ligue 1 outfit, Los Blancos do not plan on overspending on the signing.

The figure is quite less than the €60 million Lille are hoping to get for him. But Real Madrid are in no hurry to push the move through as they are aware that the player only wants to join them despite interest from other top clubs.

With Nacho Fernandez set to be on his way to Saudi Arabia and Rafa Marin headed to Napoli in Italy, Real Madrid will need a new centre-back in the summer.

Yoro remains the priority target, but only if the deal is seen as favourable in the financial sense.

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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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