Leny Yoro Man United Old Trafford
Man United Old Trafford

Leny Yoro has been one of the most talked-about defenders in the Ligue 1 this season and it’s hardly a surprise that clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid have him on their wishlist.

The 18-year-old made his senior debut for Lille in 2022 and this season he has been sensational for the French club, playing in 31 league games for the club. The central defender is out of contract in 2025 and Lille are now looking to cash in on him during the coming months.

Manchester United have decided to make a move for the 18-year-old and as per reports, a transfer fee of around €61 million will be enough to bring him on board. Earlier this week, reports had emerged saying that Real Madrid have cooled off their interest in Leny Yoro which is probably why Man United have decided to seize this opportunity.

Leny Yoro is valued at €40 million and with one year remaining, €60 million seems to be a pretty fair ask from Lille.

If Man United cannot convince the Lille youngster to join them, they will probably shift their focus to Everton’s Jarrad Braithwaite who is valued at around €90 million.

Will Leny Yoro agree to join Manchester United?

PSG are another club who have been mentioned in this transfer race but at the start of this month, rumours suggested that Leny Yoro prefers a move to Real Madrid over PSG.

However, now that Madrid have backed off, Manchester United might have to fight with PSG because, without Champions League football, it will be very hard to convince the centre-back to join them in the summer.

Man United will release Maguire, Varane, Evans and Lindelof at the end of this season so regular game time won’t be a problem for the Lille man but with a club like PSG interested in him, Man United will have to put forward a lucrative salary package to change his mind.

However, we don’t think the new INEOS owners will want to make the same mistakes that the club has been making in recent years. In the past 10 years, Manchester United have signed numerous players for high wages who have eventually turned out to be massive flops and the new minority owners are reluctant to walk on the same path.

Will Real Madrid reignite their interest in Yoro?

Real Madrid already have Rudiger, Alaba, Militao and Nacho as their centre-back options which is why they prefer not to spend money in that department. Instead, the Los Blancos are focusing on signing one left-back and one right-back in the upcoming window.

We can understand the 18-year-old’s dreams of playing for Madrid but we doubt if he will want to wait for the final couple of weeks of the transfer window to fulfill his dreams.