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Real Madrid very optimistic about signing 18-year-old top centre-back target

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Real Madrid are working hard to wrap up their transfer business at the earliest possible. After closing the signing of Kylian Mbappe as a free agent, the Merengues are trying to land his compatriot, Leny Yoro from Lille.

The 18-year-old is seen as the top target to reinforce the centre-back position this summer following the departure of Nacho Fernandez following the expiry of his contract.

While things are going well on the player side, Real Madrid are encountering some problems in negotiations with Lille due to the French club’s €70 million asking price for the defender.

Optimism growing

However, there may be some good news on the horizon as journalist Mario Cortegana (h/t Madrid Zone) reports that Real Madrid are now very optimistic about signing Leny Yoro.

As mentioned earlier, things are going very smoothly as far as the player is concerned, with reports even suggesting that Yoro and Real Madrid have an agreement in principle.

Leny Yoro only wants Real Madrid. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

The fact that Yoro’s contract stands to expire in 2025 and he has no intentions of renewing it puts Lille in a difficult position.

If they do not relent from their demands and Yoro ends up staying put, they would risk losing him for free next year when his contract runs down – a scenario that they wish to avoid.

And with Yoro refusing to negotiate with any other club apart from Real Madrid, the Ligue 1 outfit will likely have to yield and agree to lower their demands for the 18-year-old centre-back.

Given the situation, it makes sense that Real Madrid are confident and optimistic about closing the deal for the teenage centre-back prodigy.

Having suffered from injuries in the defensive department last season, it is imperative that the reigning Spanish and European champions ensure there is adequate depth in the position. And signing Yoro would be a step in that direction.

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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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