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Serie A ace ‘one of the favourites’ to reinforce Real Madrid’s midfield next summer

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Napoli mainstay Stanislav Lobotka is one of the favourite candidates to reinforce Real Madrid’s midfield department next summer, claims Italian journalist Giacomo Iacobellis.

Lobotka has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks, with Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said to be a keen admirer of the 28-year-old.

The midfielder has been one of Napoli’s top performers this season under Luciano Spalletti and has been key to their ascent to the top of the Serie A standings.

And, it seems like the Slovakian has done more than enough to convince Los Blancos to consider a move for him next summer, according to Iacobellis.

The journalist claims that Ancelotti, who had managed Napoli before, was keen on Fabian Ruiz as well as Lobotka in the past. However, the former is no longer a possibility after joining PSG this past summer. But, Lobotka seems to be a genuine possibility for the summer.

“There is no doubt that, to this day, Lobotka is one of the favorites to reinforce Real Madrid’s midfield. Ancelotti wanted Fabián and Lobotka; the first is not going to be possible anymore, the second is,” Iacobellis said.

Furthermore, the TMW journalist even added that there have already been contacts made to explore the possibility of a transfer. A move in January seems unlikely as the midfielder wants to win the Serie A title with Napoli, but a summer switch could be on the cards.

“There have already been contacts between I see it as very complicated for January, because Lobotka and Napoli want to win the Scudetto together.

“But if Madrid makes a good offer in the summer (€55-60M), De Laurentiis does not have the financial strength to say no. And the player would love to return to LaLiga as a star signing for Real Madrid.”

A defensive midfielder by trade, Lobotka could be seen as a player who can compete with Aurelien Tchouameni for the No. 6 spot, while Los Blancos also look for another midfielder as a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.

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Real Madrid intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out

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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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