Real Madrid is once again targeting a major French prospect. Leny Yoro, an eighteen-year-old defender from Lille, is set to follow in the footsteps of Eduardo Camavinga and Aurélien Tchouaméni in the Spanish capital.Embed from Getty Images
Marca has brought forward a significant revelation. Leny Yoro, a towering figure at 1.90 meters, has quietly but firmly cemented his place in Lille's starting lineup this season.
His presence in the defense has been instrumental for Les Dogues, conceding a mere fourteen goals in Ligue 1, a feat surpassed only by OGC Nice in terms of defensive prowess.
Real Madrid's radar has honed in on Yoro's promising trajectory. In recent years, the La Liga giants have reshaped their transfer strategy under the guidance of Florentino Pérez. Instead of pursuing established stars, they've shifted their focus towards acquiring the brightest talents. Players like Eduardo Camavinga and Aurélien Tchouaméni exemplify this approach, and Yoro seems destined to follow suit.
Despite already boasting the defensive talents of Éder Militão, David Alaba (both currently recuperating from cruciate ligament injuries), Nacho Fernández, and Antonio Rüdiger, Real Madrid is actively preparing for the future with the addition of Yoro. While the anticipated cost for the defender hovers around sixty million euros, the club is hopeful of negotiating a lower fee. Real is adamant that Yoro refrains from extending his contract, slated to expire in mid-2025, as it aims to bolster its negotiating leverage come summer. Paris Saint-Germain is also eyeing Yoro as a potential acquisition.
Amidst the flurry of transfer speculations, Lille's coach, Paulo Fonseca, is striving to keep Yoro grounded. "I've had discussions with him," Fonseca revealed during a press conference leading up to the cup clash against Olympique Lyon. "It's crucial for him to maintain focus and humility. That's paramount. If he aspires to reach greater heights in his career, he must uphold these qualities."
Yoro, however, isn't the sole target on Real Madrid's transfer agenda. The likes of Kylian Mbappé (PSG) and Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) are also poised to grace the hallowed grounds of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the upcoming season.