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Real Madrid young midfielder knocking on senior team door after impressive form with Castilla

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Real Madrid have been going to-for-toe with the best football academies in the world, churning out exciting prospects in every position in an attempt to reinforce the team without spending too much money.

The likes of Fran Garcia and Nico Paz are contesting for spots in the first team, while Daniel Carvajal has already made a name for himself as one of the best right-backs in the world over the past decade.

At the same time, a certain Mario Martin is also knocking at the senior-team’s door. Reports from MARCA say that the Spaniard is performing at his best possible level with Castilla, managed by Raul.

He is ready to make an entry under Carlo Ancelotti, which could be as early as Madrid’s game against Cadiz this weekend.

A midfielder by trade, Martin can play as an interior or as a pivot, both, and has played six out of 13 games with the Castilla side so far this season.

Real Madrid are heavily hamstrung in midfield after the injuries to Dani Ceballos, Jude Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, and most recently, Eduardo Camavinga. The French duo, especially, are out until January.

Nico Paz has received game time in their absence, making his debut against Braga in the Champions League, and then also coming on in the second half against Valencia.

Martin has been called up to the Madrid senior team ample times, and he also made his debut for them vs Atletico Madrid in the 2022/23 Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

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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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