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Real Madrid set to sell youngster for €15 million, will have €30 million+ buyback clause

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While the transfer window is still not officially open, it appears that Real Madrid are already closing in on their first sale of the summer.

Indeed, Real Madrid are closing on sanctioning the departure of young defender Rafa Marin, who is returning from a loan spell, to Serie A giants Napoli.

Earlier today, reports emerged claiming that the two clubs were set to meet imminently to further the negotiations and it appears that an agreement is in sight.

Real Madrid to pocket €15 million

Indeed, according to AS, Real Madrid and Napoli are closing in on a deal worth €15 million for the transfer of Rafa Marin.

The Partenopei’s new sporting director Giovanni Manna, who has arrived from Juventus, has been following Marin for months during his loan spell at Alaves and is about to close a negotiation that he has personally carried out.

Rafa Marin on his way to Napoli. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Napoli are on the verge of securing Marin’s signing, beating off competition from AC Milan and Bayer Leverkusen, among others.

As mentioned above the deal will be for a fee worth around €15 million.

Real Madrid will have a buyback clause

Furthermore, the report states that Real Madrid will have a buyback clause in the deal for Marin, with its value likely to be in excess of €30 million.

Los Blancos rate Marin highly and believe that the La Fabrica product can grow into a fine footballer and as such wish to retain some control over his future.

As such, the reigning Spanish and European champions pushed for the insertion of a buyback option, which Napoli seem to have accepted.

Marin’s impending departure, coupled with the imminent exit of Nacho Fernandez, is likely to compel Real Madrid to step up their pursuit of a new central defender.

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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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