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Real Valladolid in talks with Real Madrid to sign 20-year-old midfield prodigy

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Real Madrid produce a number of talented players from their academy who do not always get a chance to showcase their talents at the first-team level.

But year after year, clubs from within Spain and outside line up to take away the young talents from La Fabrica and it is no different this summer either.

Alvaro Rodriguez and Pablo Ramon are likely to be on their way to RCD Espanyol while Rafa Marin is headed for Napoli.

Nico Paz, too, is said to be closing in on a loan switch to CD Leganes and now it appears that another player from the Real Madrid youth setup could be on the move.

Real Valladolid want Mario Martin

Indeed, according to journalist Jorge Picon, Real Madrid midfielder Mario Martin has emerged as a target for Real Valladolid in the ongoing transfer window.

Numerous clubs have been knocking on the door of the 20-year-old, who would be free to leave the club this summer if a good offer arrives.

Martin could leave Real Madrid. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

As it happens, Valladolid happens to be the most interested and have already made contact with Real Madrid to ask about the Castilla starlet, with talks already ongoing.

Valladolid, who are in need of numerous reinforcements in the market, are offering Martin a leading role. Their sporting director, Domingo Catoira, and manager, Paulo Pezzolano, see him as a key player in the planning for next season.

The formula for the operation will be key. The ideal for Real Madrid would be a sale, while retaining part of his rights, as well as an option to buy him back.

However, if Valladolid are not in a position to afford such a deal, a loan operation will be considered as long as there are guarantees that Martin would play regularly.

Earlier this week, it was suggested that Martin could be an option to replace Dani Ceballos in the first team, but it appears that the young midfielder could be on his way out of Real Madrid.

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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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