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Man Utd prepared to pay £51m to agree deal for ‘ambitious’ French star

Manchester United have made an offer to sign Real Madrid target Leny Yoro this summer, according to Spanish publication Marca.

The 18-year-old is considered as one of the best young centre-backs in Ligue 1 and has been heavily linked with a move to Los Blancos this year.

However, the La Liga giants are reluctant to meet the French club’s demands and they have asked the player and agent to wait for an approach.

United are reportedly prepared to pay £51 million to ‘close the operation’ with Lille despite his contract expiring at the end of next season.

United face a difficult task to lure Yoro to the club

Yoro had a brilliant full season with Lille last term. He had a passing accuracy of 92 percent and won over 63 percent of his ground and aerial duels.

The teenager made 3.9 recoveries per outing alongside three clearances and one tackle. He helped to keep 13 clean sheets in Ligue 1 and excelled with his positioning.

Yoro would be a quality replacement for compatriot Raphael Varane, who will leave on a free transfer.

He is a right-sided centre-back with similar attributes to the World Cup winner. Although relatively inexperienced, he has shown plenty of maturity.

The youngster would fit into co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s project, who is eyeing emerging talents instead of expensive established stars on big wages.

The big question is whether they can persuade Yoro, who is ‘very ambitious‘ according to former Lille manager Paulo Fonseca.

United will need to convince him about their project amid his evident desire to join Madrid.

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