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Man Utd in the race to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro

Manchester United remain in the race to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro this summer, according to L’Equipe.

The 18-year-old centre-back had a brilliant start to the 2023/24 campaign with Les Dogues, but his performances dipped towards the end of the season.

Despite this, he is highly valued by elite European clubs. Yoro reportedly prefers a move to Real Madrid, but United have not given up on signing him.

Paris Saint-Germain are also optimistic of securing a deal for the central defender.

Yoro will enter the final year of his contract next month. Lille previously valued him at £51 million, but are now prepared to accept £34m this summer.

Yoro would be a good long-term signing

The Red Devils are set to part ways with Raphael Varane when his contract expires on June 30.

The focus could be on signing an emerging centre-back over an established star on big wages.

Yoro would fit right into the club’s requirements. The Frenchman is a strong ball-playing centre-back and had a passing accuracy of 92 percent in Ligue 1 last season.

The youngster also won 63 percent of his duels with three clearances and four recoveries per game. He lost possession on just 5.3 occasions per outing for Les Dogues.

Yoro has similar attributes to Varane. Although he is relatively inexperienced after just one full season, he has the potential to become an elite centre-back.

United are keen on landing his signature, but the move will depend on Yoro. According to former Lille manager Paulo Fonseca, he is’ very ambitious’.

Yoro appears determined to move to Madrid this summer. United could entice him with the assurance of a regular starting berth which may not be guaranteed at Madrid.

Stats from Sofascore.com.