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Real Madrid’s pursuit of key defensive targets not very advanced

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Following the exit of Nacho Fernandez, Real Madrid are actively searching the market for defensive reinforcements.

Leny Yoro has emerged as the ideal long-term replacement for Nacho in central defence while Real Madrid are also eyeing a move for Alphonso Davies to reinforce the left-back slot.

While many expected Los Blancos to close out these two operations in the coming weeks, a recent report from COPE appears to suggest otherwise.

Update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of defensive duo

The report suggests that Real Madrid are not in advanced talks to sign Leny Yoro, quite in contrast to recent speculation in the media.

It was reported in the past that Real Madrid were not entirely on board with LOSC Lille’s valuation of the French centre-back and wanted to sign him for a cut-price deal.

Real Madrid are facing a similar situation with respect to the pursuit of Alphonso Davies as well. Nothing is advanced as of yet, even as the player approaches his final 12 months at Bayern Munich.

What’s in store for Davies this summer? (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

What’s next?

These are still early days in the market and Real Madrid have ample time to close out deals for these two defenders.

In fact, Real Madrid are reportedly hopeful of acquiring the services of Yoro within the next two weeks – a reasonable deadline.

The operation to sign Davies could be trickier, though, as Bayern have no desire to sell the player on a cut-price deal this summer.

Although Real Madrid remain intent on signing the Canadian international, it will be imperative for Los Blancos to reach an agreement with the Bavarians.

The next few weeks could prove to be critical as far as Davies’ future is concerned and it will be interesting to see how Bayern approach the market, amid uncertainty over the left-back’s continuity at the club.

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Mbappe shirt sales 450% higher than Bellingham’s as Real Madrid rake in €800,000

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Real Madrid realized one of their biggest sporting and commercial ambitions by signing Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer.

Adhering faithfully to their Galacticos philosophy, signing Mbappe exemplified that the Merengues pursue not only elite talent but also renowned figures who carry global recognition.

While Mbappe has yet to play a single minute for the club, he is already busy breaking records at the club.

Mbappe’s shirt sales are through the roof

Indeed, according to El Chiringuito, within a mere day of its launch, Kylian Mbappe’s jersey sales have soared to an astounding 450% higher than those of Jude Bellingham.

Given Bellingham’s huge name in football, this impressive statistic highlights a fervent demand for the French star’s jerseys among supporters worldwide.

Moreover, the club’s online store has reaped substantial financial rewards, generating an impressive sum of €800,000 solely from the sale of Mbappe’s jerseys.

Mbappe shirt sales are through the roof. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On top of that, they have sold more than 7,000 Mbappe shirts at the club’s physical store which will have provided further revenue boost.

Considering that the 2018 World Cup winner will don the number 9 shirt adds to the incredible demand, as several greats of the game have represented this number in the past, including Karim Benzema most recently.

Real Madrid struggling to keep up with the demand

Reports have mentioned that Real Madrid are appealing for patience from their fans as they handle the high volume of sales.

In fact, Real Madrid eventually posted a note on their website warning that delivery delays of up to 4-6 extra weeks may occur due to the great demand for Mbappe’s kits.

Tuesday, July 16 is set aside for his formal presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu, where a full house is expected to greet him, potentially with a large chunk of the fans wearing Mbappe jerseys.

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