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Real Madrid will demand at least €20 million for midfielder amid Atletico, Girona interest

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As reported earlier this week, Dani Ceballos has his heart set on a transfer away from Real Madrid this summer and has made his intentions known to the club.

The 27-year-old Spaniard signed a new contract with Los Blancos only last year, but with opportunities coming at a premium in the season gone by, he is looking for a move away.

Carlo Ancelotti & co. wish to retain Ceballos’ services, especially with Toni Kroos retiring, but the midfielder is leaning towards a departure, with no shortage of suitors either.

Atletico Madrid, Girona keen to sign Ceballos

Now, SPORT reports that Real Madrid’s bitter rivals Atletico Madrid have shown an interest in signing Dani Ceballos in the summer.

Los Rojiblancos are understood to see the 27-year-old Spaniard as a good fit in their team owing to the qualities he brings to the table.

However, Atletico are not the only La Liga club keen on signing Ceballos as Girona are also looking at the Real Madrid ace.

Ceballos wants to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Maryam Majd/Getty Images)

Having sold Aleix Garcia to Bayer Leverkusen, Michel’s men are on the lookout for a replacement and see Ceballos as an option as they prepare for a season in the UEFA Champions League.

The report further adds that clubs from Italy and the Premier League are also monitoring the wantaway Real Madrid star.

Meanwhile, it has also been suggested that Ceballos’ former club, Real Betis, could also be an option for him this summer.

Real Madrid want at least €20 million

Ceballos signed a new contract with Real Madrid last year, penning a deal until 2027. As such, Los Blancos are set to demand a transfer fee of at least €20 million for the Spanish ace even though his current market value is around €6 million.

With the likes of Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni ahead of him in the pecking order, Ceballos is unlikely to see much action if he stays.

As such, an exit seems like the natural course of action for the 27-year-old as he seeks regular playing time.

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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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