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Real Madrid will consider signing players in January only if key stars get injured – report

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Following a mid-season hiatus, Real Madrid restarted their campaign with a convincing 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid. The win, coupled with Barcelona’s draw with Espanyol, should set the stage for the Whites as we enter the January transfer window.

Given the status of the current squad, with several players looking at the possibility of running down their respective contracts at the end of the season, one would expect Real Madrid to make some moves in the market, in an attempt to strengthen the squad.

But according to Tomas Gonzalez Martin on Bernabeu Digital, Real Madrid have no plans to become active in the market this January unless there are injuries to key players in the squad.

It appears the club have no intention to utilise their funds in the market, knowing they face a busy summer transfer window. After all, the club may have to part ways with several star players including Toni Kroos, who might be considering early retirement.

The report itself suggests all of Real Madrid’s transfers will take place in the summer. This could include the blockbuster move for Jude Bellingham, with the club reportedly prepared to splash around €130 million in order to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet.

The Whites might also be eyeing a move for a defender. Josko Gvardiol has emerged as one of the targets, especially amid the uncertain future of players such as Nacho Fernandez and Ferland Mendy.

As for January itself, Real Madrid will not make a move unless someone like Karim Benzema or Thibaut Courtois picks up an injury before the middle of the month. That could force the club to make a move and sign a short-term option, perhaps even in the form of a loan deal.

However, as things stand, there are no plans whatsoever to bring in a new player this month.

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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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