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Real Madrid youngster set to complete €7 million transfer to Serie A giants – report

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In a major update, GOAL Italy reports that Real Madrid young defender Rafa Marin is all set to sign for Serie A giants Napoli this summer.

The story was initially broken by Gianluca Di Marzio and has now been corroborated by GOAL, who report that Los Blancos will pocket €7 million from the operation.

Marin to sign a five-year deal at Napoli

Marin has been at Real Madrid for eight years now, having joined the club’s youth academy from Sevilla in 2016.

Having gradually risen through the ranks, he became a key member of the Castilla team under Raul Gonzalez.

Last summer saw the 22-year-old sign a new contract at Real Madrid before joining Deportivo Alaves on loan for a season.

Rafa Marin impressed on loan at Alaves. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Marin made the most of his term with Alaves, gaining valuable experience in La Liga and putting in solid displays.

As such, it was expected that he would be a part of the Real Madrid squad for next season, especially with Nacho Hernandez expected to depart.

However, news of Napoli’s interest surfaced over the weekend and it appears that the Partenopei have closed the deal for the Real Madrid defender.

As mentioned, Napoli will pay €7 million for Marin, who is expected to sign a five-year contract with the club until 2029.

Real Madrid insist on buyback clause

As has been the case with the sale of young players from the club in recent times, Real Madrid insist on inserting a buyback clause for Marin in the agreement with Napoli.

It is still unclear whether Napoli would agree to that stipulation or not, but as things stand, it appears that the 22-year-old Real Madrid centre-back is on his way to Italy.

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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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