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Real Madrid tracking €20 million French midfield ace as potential Kroos replacement

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With Toni Kroos deciding to hang up his boots after the Euros, Real Madrid are actively seeking a suitable replacement for the seasoned midfielder, and according to a report from SPORT, the club has set its sights on Nice’s Khephren Thuram as a potential candidate.

It is no secret that Real Madrid are currently scanning the transfer market to bolster their squad for the upcoming season. 

While they have already secured the signings of two forwards, Endrick and Kylian Mbappe, Kroos’ retirement leaves a noticeable void

The German midfielder has been a crucial part of the team’s core and his absence means that the midfield now lacks the stability and experience he provided.

A new budget-friendly name in the orbit

The latest name to emerge as a potential reinforcement is Khephren Thuram. The 23-year-old is a right-footed defensive midfielder known for his ability to build play.

The Frenchman is a versatile operator, capable of playing both as a centre-back and a midfielder, which adds to his appeal. 

Khephren Thuram an option for Real Madrid. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Currently playing for Nice, his market value stands at €35 million, as per ‘Transfermarkt’. However, given that he has only one year left on his contract, Nice might be willing to sell him for a lower price, estimated between €15 million to €20 million.

It must be noted that Thuram is also set to represent France in the upcoming Paris Olympics, which has brought him into the spotlight. 

Interestingly, he is the son of former Barça player Lilian Thuram, and his brother Marcus Thuram plays for Inter Milan. Adding to his appeal, his agent, Oscar Damiani, recently endorsed him to Real Madrid. 

Damiani mentioned, “Khephren would fit better at Real Madrid. I already recommended it to Carlo Ancelotti,” highlighting the player’s potential to thrive under the guidance of the Madrid coach.

For now, Real Madrid do not plan to put much focus on signing a midfielder as they believe they have enough power to go through the 2024/25 season. But if Ancelotti changes his mind, Thuran can be an option to consider.

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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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