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Serie A forward is Real Madrid’s ‘Plan B’ if Mbappe move fails next summer



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Real Madrid and Napoli face off in a fascinating clash at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium later today.

The Serie A side boasts of some of the biggest names in world football, and ironically, some of Real Madrid’s top transfer targets.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is one of the young stars Los Blancos have their eyes on as a long-term target. However, they could be looking at Victor Osimhen in the near future, if recent reports from AS (via SPORT) are to be believed.

On the Merengues’ radar

According to the Spanish outlet, Real Madrid no longer see it as feasible to operate without an established number nine.

Karim Benzema’s departure hit the club hard, and while Joselu has done well as a deputy, Florentino Perez wishes to sign a top-quality number nine next summer.

Kylian Mbappe is the team’s prime option on that front. If the deal for the Frenchman falls apart, however, Victor Osimhen is Real Madrid’s Plan B.

The Nigerian striker has established himself as one of the best in the business in recent years. Last season, he scored a staggering 26 goals and four assists in Serie A alone en route to Napoli’s title-winning run.

Shrouded in controversy

On Real Madrid’s radar. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Earlier this summer, Napoli were confident of securing Osimhen’s future with a new contract and placed him as one of the irreplaceable cogs in the team.

Now, suddenly, the situation is far from clear. A recent controversy over the club’s social media posting a video mocking Osimhen has created a ruckus in Naples.

A renewal is far from certain now, more so if Real Madrid push their interest.

Needless to say, Napoli’s group-stage games against Real Madrid could well be informal auditions for the 24-year-old striker. All eyes will be on him later tonight.

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Real Madrid ready to wait for 18-year-old defender as Lille demand €60 million amidst Premier League interest




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Real Madrid have been keeping a close eye on Lille defender Leny Yoro for some time now as they see the young Frenchman as a strategic addition to their squad.

However, journalist Jose Felix Diaz reports through MARCA that Real Madrid are prepared to wait, as Lille are demanding a steep €60 million for the player and this high price tag has caused Madrid to hold off on making an immediate move.

Despite their strong interest, Real Madrid are not rushing to finalise Yoro’s transfer. They faced a similar situation when signing Aurelien Tchouameni in the summer of 2022. 

At that time, it seemed Tchouameni might join a Premier League team, and Real Madrid appeared to step back. Eventually, they managed to secure him. 

Now, they find themselves in a similar position with Yoro. Interest from English clubs has prompted Lille to set a high price for the transfer, around €60 million, a sum that Real Madrid is hesitant to match right now.

Real Madrid want Yoro to show desire

Leny Yoro is wanted by Real Madrid. (Photo by VALENTINE CHAPUIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Yoro’s contract with Lille runs until 2025, which gives him and his agent, Jorge Mendes, some leverage. They need to show their desire to join Real Madrid, making it clear that he wants to play for the Spanish club. 

This situation is tricky because leaving Lille without the club receiving any compensation isn’t ideal, but the decision ultimately lies with Yoro and Mendes.

Discussions about Yoro and other potential signings have been ongoing for months at Real Madrid. However, the transfer market won’t heat up until all club competitions end. 

By then, Real Madrid will be ready to seize any opportunity to secure a player like Yoro, considered a key future talent for the team.

In summary, Real Madrid are indeed interested in signing Yoro but are taking a cautious approach due to Lille’s high demands. 

The next few weeks will be crucial as they wait for the right moment to make their move, hoping to add Yoro to their roster without overpaying.

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