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Real Madrid will not sign €30 million-rated centre-back this summer – report

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Following the departure of Nacho Fernandez and the impending exit of Rafa Marin, Real Madrid are ready to step up their efforts to sign a new centre-back this summer.

Leny Yoro of LOSC Lille is the priority target for Los Blancos, but the 18-year-old’s club are posing a hurdle in negotiations due to their extravagant transfer fee demands.

Amidst this, reports suggested that Real Madrid have identified Bologna and Italy defender Riccardo Calafiori as an alternative if they miss out on Yoro.

Real Madrid rule out move for Calafiori

However, according to COPE, Real Madrid have definitively ruled out a summer move for Riccardo Calafiori.

The Merengues have no intentions to sign the Italian centre-back and will not make any move for him in this window.

The links to Calafiori surfaced mainly through the Italian media after the 22-year-old put on a couple of impressive showings for the national team at the UEFA Euro 2024.

Not on Real Madrid’s agenda. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images for FIGC)

Having joined Bologna last year from FC Basel, Calafiori impressed in his debut season with the club and then did well when given a chance at the Euros, paving the way to speculations over his future.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid do not intend to sign the 22-year-old, who has a market value of €30 million.

The Spanish and European champions’ main and only objective to reinforce the centre-back department this summer is Leny Yoro.

Even though things might not be as advanced as being reported, the hope is for the club to sign the 18-year-old in the next two weeks, around the time pre-season starts.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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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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