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Man Utd handed boost in pursuit of Lille centre-back Leny Yoro

Manchester United have been handed a boost in signing Lille wonderkid Leny Yoro with Real Madrid reluctant to pay over £34 million for his signature.

The Red Devils are in the transfer market for a new centre-back with Raphael Varane expected to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires on June 30.

United may prefer a right-footed option to replace the Frenchman and it was recently reported that the club are in the race for Yoro alongside Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

AS (page 16) now claim that Madrid face competition from United and Les Parisiens for the 18-year-old, but they won’t go beyond £34m to secure his services.

Luis Enrique’s side are prepared to make a higher transfer offer and in our opinion, United should also make a similar approach for the highly-rated defender.

United need to lure Yoro amid his Real Madrid preference

United are set to lose an experienced player in Varane. Instead of pursuing another established star on big wages, the focus could be on an emerging talent.

Yoro would be an ideal fit for the club, considering he is only 18 years of age and has huge potential.

His form was not the best during the back end of last season, but he continues to be tracked by elite European clubs due to his strong ball-playing attributes.

The youngster had a passing accuracy of 92 percent last term with 63 percent duels won. He also made 3.9 recoveries and three clearances per outing for Lille.

Lille are likely to be compelled to sell with his contract expiring next summer. Yoro has a preference to join Madrid, but a deal may eventually depend on the fee.

Les Parisiens are aiming to take advantage of the situation and in our view, United should go head-to-head with the Ligue 1 giants for the talented Frenchman.

Yoro may have to choose an alternative club if Madrid don’t change their stance. We believe United can convince him with a starting role.

The youngster could also be tempted by the club’s high-profile reputation as well as the prospect of playing in the Premier League.

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