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Real Madrid want to sign a new striker; Tottenham, Juventus players on radar

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In an interview with Madrid Xtra, Rodrigo Faez has offered an update on Real Madrid’s policies in the transfer market this coming summer.

The ESPN journalist has claimed that Real Madrid are currently after a new striker. The club are well aware of the fact that Karim Benzema is nearing the final phase of his career, despite his consistent performances at the highest level of football.

With Los Blancos likely to fail in attracting either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland this summer, they could fancy signing a relatively less popular and less expensive individual. Faez points out that the club may target either Richarlison or Dusan Vlahovic.

Vlahovic, for one, has been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu in the January transfer window. But the deal did not materialise as the club were simply not interested. However, with Juventus struggling with economic woes, they may have to get rid of Vlahovic in the summer.

This poses an excellent opportunity for Real Madrid to sign the Serbian forward, who is rated highly for his physical prowess and movements in the final third.

Richarlison, meanwhile, is a more versatile option who currently plies his trade with Tottenham. The Brazilian may have scored just one goal in the Premier League this term, but he has experience of working with Carlo Ancelotti, thus making him an attractive target for Los Blancos.

Faez claims Real Madrid may also target Moussa Diaby, although there is not information available on that front. It must be noted that the club were targeting Diaby’s manager, Xabi Alonso, as a potential replacement for Ancelotti, should he leave the club at the end of the season.

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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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