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Zidane urges Real Madrid president to sign 18-year-old Liverpool target – report

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Real Madrid are ardently pursuing the signature of LOSC Lille defender Leny Yoro heading into the summer transfer window.

The 18-year-old French defensive prodigy is being sought as a replacement for Nacho Fernandez, who has left the club, leaving Carlo Ancelotti with just three senior centre-backs in Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, and David Alaba.

Yoro has been on Real Madrid’s radar for a long while, and the club have been working on his signing for some time.

If there were any doubts about the youngster, a club legend has come forward to dispel them and convince the Merengues to sign him up.

Zinedine Zidane urges Real Madrid to not miss out on Yoro

Indeed, according to reports in Spain (h/t Liverpool Echo), Real Madrid legend and former manager Zinedine Zidane has urged Florentino Perez to ensure that the club sign Leny Yoro.

As has already been reported, the 18-year-old is one of the most in-demand players heading into the summer, with top clubs across Europe gunning for his signing apart from Real Madrid.

Zidane has given the thumbs-up to Yoro’s signing. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP via Getty Images)

PSG have shown a strong interest and have been working on the deal since January while more recently Liverpool entered the picture and remain intent on his capture.

Amidst this, Zidane is believed to have insisted on the signing of Yoro during a meeting with Real Madrid president Perez.

The club legend is said to believe that the French teenager has great quality and can make an immediate impact in the first-team setup, and as such, has told Perez to ensure that his signing is in the bag.

Yoro wants Real Madrid

Even though he has some other clubs interested, Yoro has his heart set on a summer transfer to Real Madrid. In fact, if reports are to be believed, there is an agreement in principle between the player and the club.

However, the negotiations between the Merengues and Yoro’s club, Lille, are not progressing as smoothly as hoped.

The Ligue 1 outfit is demanding in excess of €50 million for their asset, but Los Blancos do not intend to go above the €40 million mark.

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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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