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Real Madrid want 17-year-old wonderkid considered the heir to Lionel Messi – report

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A recent report from Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Real Madrid are one of the clubs interested in the services of Claudio Echeverri.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder currently plies his trade for River Plate’s subsidiary squad. But his exemplary performances in the youth competitions have left onlookers mesmerised, with many hailing him as the ‘heir to Lionel Messi’.

Echeverri’s performances have not gone unnoticed. Real Madrid are one of the clubs keeping close tabs on his future, as they look to further improve their ranks in the youth department.

With players like Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the final phase of their respective careers, there is no secret that Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a transitory period ahead.

As part of their overhaul, Real Madrid have targeted young Borussia Dortmund superstar Jude Bellingham, who may soon reveal his final decision on his future.

Real Madrid are scouring the market for other talents across the world. They notably bagged the services of Endrick earlier in the season, with the young Brazilian set to arrive at the Bernabeu in the summer of 2024, when he turns 18.

The reigning Spanish champions may follow a similar strategy to Echeverri. With players such as Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo thriving at Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have made a solid reputation for nurturing South American talents in the recent past.

A move to the Spanish capital, therefore, could appeal to Echeverri. However, these are still early days, especially with the youngster yet to even get a taste of professional football. Hence, the club might want to monitor his progress before making a move for the young Argentine.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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