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Fabrizio Romano confirms massive blow to Manchester United’s pursuit of top centre back

Manchester United were in prime position to nab the 18-year-old, but that tide seems to have turned. 

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Young French centre back Leny Yoro has been drawing interest all over Europe with sparkling displays at the heart of defence for Lille.

Numerous reports have linked him with top European clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United, PSG and Bayern Munich. Manchester United were in prime position to nab the 18-year-old, but that tide seems to have turned.

As transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirms, Spanish giants Real Madrid have as well entered the race for the young centre back and are now in prime position to complete the signing.

Romano confirms Los Blancos interest in the young centre back taking advantage of economic situation. Yoro is on contract till 2025 so Lille only have this summer to cash in or Real Madrid could just wait till next year and get him on a free transfer.

According to Spanish media outlet Diario AS, in this race to acquire the promising defender, the La Liga team has an advantage due to the presence of several compatriots.

Yoro’s camp sees this aspect as very important for such a young player to continue his evolution in a locker room where he has teammates who can help him acclimate.

A composed centre-back, Yoro is an expert passer and despite his age, he is a physical presence who excels in aerial duels. Yoro is also very quick once his long legs get going; he is already such a well-rounded defender and he is only going to get better.

Real Madrid maintain a strong interest in Yoro, but they are not prepared to shell out crazy money for his signing. After all, he is just 18 and has a contract that expires in 2025.

It remains to be seen whether Real Madrid or any of the teams interested in him are able to convince Lille to lower their valuation of the French centre-back.

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