Having opted not to sign a new central defender last summer or in January, Real Madrid are now planning on bringing in a centre-back in the summer of 2024.
The injuries to Eder Militao and David Alaba have exposed the lack of depth in the centre-back position and the club wish to address the situation come summer.
And, as per widespread reports, Lille OSC defender Leny Yoro is emerging as the main target to reinforce the defensive line at Real Madrid.
Interest becoming more concrete
In fact, a fresh update from Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA claims that Real Madrid’s interest in the 18-year-old Yoro has become more and more concrete in recent days.
While there are other options being looked at, Los Blancos believe that Yoro best fits with the club’s strategy of signing young talents with an eye on the long-term.
Although a final decision is yet to be made by those at Real Madrid, they understand that a new centre-half is needed, which is why they have moved from the initial plan of wanting to wait until the summer of 2025 for a new central defender.
Yoro aware of interest
The report further states that Yoro is very much aware of the growing interest in him from Real Madrid, while his club Lille, are also in the knowledge of the situation.
The 18-year-old’s contract with the Ligue 1 outfit runs until 2025, meaning he will be entering the final year of his deal in the summer.
Despite that, Lille are holding on for a fee of €60 million, something that is seen as prohibitive at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As such, Yoro is also aware that he must not sign a new contract with Lille so as to put pressure on them to accept a lower fee for his sale come summer.
But with clubs like Liverpool, PSG, and Bayern Munich also keen, it remains to be seen where the teenage prodigy ends up.
Real Madrid confident that star midfielder will renew contract for another season – Romano
Real Madrid have a lot of work cut out for them before the 2024 summer transfer window even kicks off, with several important players in the squad running out of a contract come the end of the season.
Luka Modric is among them, with his future still undecided. The Croatian’s game-time has reduced drastically this season, and it seems he will only extend his deal if he gets more minutes on the pitch.
Lucas Vazquez and Nacho, meanwhile, are considered important rotational pieces in the squad, and will likely be handed a one-year offer. The final decision will be up to them, though, and Madrid will not push them to renew.
The more important concern for Madrid, though, is Toni Kroos’ contract. The German has been a vital player for them this season, and they want to renew him for at least another season.
However, the player has always been vocal about his desire to not stretch his playing career for too long.
After a lot of back-and-forth, though, Fabrizio Romano reports that Madrid are confident that Kroos will end up staying for another season. They have already tabled him the new contract, and the feeling within the club is that he will eventually put pen to paper.
This comes on the back of Kroos’ decision to return to the German National Team for the 2024 European Championship at Julian Nagelsmann’s request.
The player is enjoying a wonderful season at Madrid, and has been their best midfielder for at least a couple of years running now. He is a difference-maker for the Spanish capital outfit, and could extend his time as a footballer for another year.
Madrid will likely plan their next season with Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde at the helm of the midfield, while Kroos serves as their mentor and the first deputy when time calls.