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Real Madrid uninterested in €30m-rated Serie A defender, only want 18-year-old gem

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Earlier today, reports emerged claiming that Real Madrid have set their sights on Bologna and Italy centre-back Riccardo Calafiori, as a possible alternative for Leny Yoro.

With Nacho Fernandez leaving and Rafa Marin also on his way out, Real Madrid need a new central defender and Yoro is their primary target. But talks with his club Lille have not progressed as per plans.

As such, Calafiori was touted as an alternative, with the 22-year-old centre-half putting up some standout displays at the UEFA Euro 2024.

Real Madrid not interested

However, according to The Daily Briefing, Real Madrid have no interest in signing Riccardo Calafiori from Bologna at this point.

In fact, Los Blancos are not considering any alternatives for the centre-back position and only want to sign Leny Yoro from Lille.

Calafiori would have been an interesting option, considering that he is a left-footed centre-back who can also play at left-back.

Real Madrid only want Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

However, it appears that the reigning champions of Spain and Europe only have eyes for one player and that is Yoro.

Real Madrid have agreement with Yoro

In fact, as has already been reported, Real Madrid have an agreement in principle with Yoro over a transfer this summer. But negotiations with his club, Lille, are proving to be challenging.

The 18-year-old defensive gem has a contract with Lille that expires in 2025. As such, Real Madrid are not willing to pay over the odds for his signing and have set a €40 million limit.

However, the Ligue 1 outfit are demanding a sum in excess of €50 million, posing a roadblock in Los Merengues’ pursuit.

Real Madrid, though, have an advantage as Yoro is prepared to turn down overtures from other teams, which increases the risk of Lille losing him for nothing next year if they do not negotiate with the Spanish capital club.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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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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