Liverpool take fresh position on Leny Yoro transfer amid Real Madrid preference

Leny Yoro
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Liverpool have reportedly made steps towards signing Lille centre-back Leny Yoro.

The Reds have been linked with a host of names but are yet to make any new additions to their squad as Arne Slot takes the reigns. Though there is plenty of time for that to change, one of the areas the club are expected to strengthen is defence following the departure of Joel Matip.

Yoro, 18, has become one of the most sought-after youngsters in Europe and Liverpool have monitored his development for some time. He has made a huge impact for the French side since being handed his debut as a 16-year-old, two years ago.

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Having entered the final 12 months of his contract, Lille are keen to cash in on their most prized asset this summer. It is said the club are demanding a price of around £42million (€50m).

Yoro is subject of interest from Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. However, the youngster is thought to be waiting for the Spanish giants to make a move as his preferred destination is Real Madrid.

Fabrizio Romano states that agreeing personal terms with Real Madrid "will not be a problem" though suggests they are yet to make an approach for his services. With Liverpool already confirming their interest by making steps towards signing him, they are not confident about getting a deal over the line, and it is thought that the Spanish giants will win the race for Yoro.

However, he adds that "Liverpool will be there" if a move to the Santiago Bernabeu does not materialise.

United also appreciate the defender but there is "nothing advanced" on the player's side, while PSG have a "very good relationship'" with people close to Yoro. They would also be in good position to complete a deal.