Liverpool 'target' drops transfer hint amid Real Madrid Champions League celebrations

Leny Yoro on Instagram
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Leny Yoro was present at Wembley to watch Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on Saturday amid transfer links with Liverpool.

The 18-year-old Lille centre-back has been connected with a switch to Anfield, with the Reds expected to hunt for a new central defender this summer following Joel Matip’s exit upon the end of his contract.

Real have also been linked with holding an interest in the teenager, who played all but two Ligue 1 games this season. Yoro only has a year left on his contract and is expected to be sold by Lille in order to recoup a fee for their academy product.

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Lille manager Paulo Fonesca believes his player will likely be at a European big-hitter by this time next year. "I believe Leny [Yoro] in the next year will be at one of the best clubs in Europe,” he said.

“He started here at 16 with us. He is very ambitious but very disciplined. He grew a lot but he is a kid with a big maturity, with big quality.

Leny Yoro on Instagram
Leny Yoro on Instagram -Credit:Instagram/@lenyyoro

“He's very focused, very concentrated, he wants to learn every day and I have no doubt in modern football he will be one of the best central defenders in the world."

The France under-23 international might have hinted at where he will end up next season by appearing at Wembley to watch Real this weekend. Arne Slot will hope this is not indicative of his debut transfer window at Anfield.

Los Blancos would be attractive to any player given their stature but Liverpool also know that the exit of Jurgen Klopp means they might have more work to do to convince players to join the club.

Slot also has Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah entering the final year of their contracts. All are expected to stay next season but contract renewals are not a certainty and Liverpool risk them leaving for nothing next year.