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Real Madrid set to win battle for €50 million centre-back, ideal formula to sign him is set

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Having secured the signing of Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid’s focus is now on the centre-back position which will be significantly weakened next season.

Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger did well to cover for the injured Eder Militao last season. The former, however, is on his way out of the club, leaving Los Blancos with one less body in the department.

Leny Yoro, on that front, has been a constant target for the Merengues in recent months. Competition from Europe’s elite and LOSC Lille’s atrocious demands, however, have attenuated the negotiations.

Strategy plotted

According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid consider the signing of Yoro this summer to be very expensive.

Will Leny Yoro join Real Madrid this summer? (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The ideal scenario as seen in the offices at Valdebebas, thus, is that the player stays at Lille for one more season. Considering that his contract at the Ligue 1 side runs out next summer, he can then arrive as a free agent.

The strategy, after all, is tried and tested as it was the exact same manoeuvre that brought David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger to the Santiago Bernabeu.

One for the future

Sources close to Madrid Universal have revealed that those in the club offices describe Yoro to be a ‘centre back for the next ten years.’ After Nacho’s Departure, his signing is seen as a necessity more than ever before.

All that separates Real Madrid from the phenom, at this point, is €20 million. The Galacticos are willing to put up €40 million for his arrival but Lille demand €60 million.

Given that Yoro has his heart fixed on a move to Madrid, the club’s latest stance will only serve to pressurise Lille into possibly accepting the Merengues’ terms for the transfer. A wrong foot, after all, will see them lose their biggest star for free next summer.

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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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