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Rival watch: RB Leipzig trio set to miss Real Madrid encounter

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Real Madrid will be gunning for yet another victory – their eighth of the season in all competitions – when they take on RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos go into the game with three players unavailable as Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez and Eder Militao have been left out of the squad due to injury issues.

Like Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, too, are carrying several fitness problems in their squad and will be without as many as three players for the trip to the Spanish capital.

As reported by MARCA, RB Leipzig will have to make do without Spanish international Dani Olmo, versatile defender Lukas Klostermann and midfield mainstay Konrad Laimer for the clash against Real Madrid.

Among the trio, Olmo’s absence is a major blow for Leipzig given the value he brings to the table with his versatility and attacking nature.

Laimer is also a key piece of this Leipzig setup and is the latest one to pick up an injury. The Austrian international is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after damaging his ankle ligament during Leipzig’s 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund this past weekend.

With Laimer unavailable, Kevin Kampl and Xaver Schlager could form the midfield double pivot for Die Roten-Bullen on Wednesday night.

And while they will miss the likes of Olmo and Poulsen, there is plenty of threat in the attacking unit with Timo Werner, Christopher Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva.

Yussuf Poulsen, who had been out with a thigh injury, returned to the bench against Dortmund this weekend and will provide more depth in the final third.

Leipzig have not made the best of starts to the new season and have already changed managers, replacing Domenico Tedesco with Marco Rose. They will hope to build on their win against Dortmund and pick up all three points at the Bernabeu.

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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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