MX23RW : Tuesday, June 18 08:03:54| >> :60:979:979:

Manchester United, Liverpool 'suffer blow in pursuit of teenage defender'

Man United, Liverpool 'suffer blow in pursuit of teenage defender'
© Reuters
Paris Saint-Germain reportedly reach a verbal agreement to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, also linked with Manchester United and Liverpool.

Manchester United and Liverpool have apparently suffered a fresh blow in their efforts to capture one of Ligue 1's highest-rated centre-backs.

Lille starlet Leny Yoro is already a weekly starter for Les Dogues at the age of just 18, making 44 appearances in all competitions in the 2023-24 campaign and coming up with three goals.

The 2005-born has now played 60 times for Paulo Fonseca's side since coming through their youth academy, although his efforts were not enough to force a path to France's Euro 2024 squad.

However, Yoro is looking like a surefire bet for France's 2024 Olympic squad, and his rise to prominence in his homeland has unsurprisingly attracted glances from across Europe.

The 18-year-old is not expected to renew his contract with Lille, which has a little over 12 months left to run, meaning that the French side will likely be pressured into a sale in the summer window.

Lille defender Leny Yoro in action with Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe in February 2023© Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain 'agree fee for Yoro'

Manchester United and Liverpool are believed to spearhead the English interest in Yoro, as both Premier League giants are working to bolster their defensive ranks this summer.

However, according to Sports Zone, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement in principle to sign Yoro, who will cost them a total of €50m (£42.7m).

Lille president Olivier Letang was apparently not involved in talks with Luis Enrique's side, as the Lille hierarchy accepted the bid straight away given their need to raise funds.

There is still one significant hurdle for PSG to clear, though, as the teenager is apparently prioritising a move to Real Madrid, who have been "very convincing" in their efforts to sign the Frenchman.

What other centre-backs can Man United, Liverpool pursue?

As PSG and Real Madrid engage in a two-horse race for Yoro's services, Manchester United and Liverpool may instead choose to look a bit closer to home for players to strengthen their rearguard ranks.

Both clubs are believed to have taken an interest in Fulham's Tosin Adarabioyo and Crystal Palace's Marc Guehi, although Newcastle United appear to be on the verge of signing the former on a free transfer.

Instead, Man United are thought to be pushing hard to capture Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite and are prepared to pay up to £55m for the Englishman, but the Toffees are holding out for an £80m figure.

Across Europe, both clubs are said to have made contact over a possible move for 20-year-old Benfica man Antonio Silva, while Arne Slot's arrival at Liverpool from Feyenoord offers hope that the Dutchman could bring either David Hancko or Lutsharel Geertruida with him.

ID:544362:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect5376:

Click here for more stories about Paulo Fonseca

Click here for more stories about Manchester United

Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Lille defender Leny Yoro in action with Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe in February 2023
Read Next:
Man United, Man City 'make contact over Leny Yoro move'
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.
rhs 2.0
Euro 2024 fixtures header
Tuesday, June 18
Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, June 20
Group Stage
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22
Sunday, June 23
Monday, June 24
Tuesday, June 25
Wednesday, June 26
Saturday, June 29
Sunday, June 30
Monday, July 1
Tuesday, July 2
Friday, July 5
Saturday, July 6
Tuesday, July 9
Wednesday, July 10
Sunday, July 14
Tables header RHS

Group A

1 Germany Germany11003
2 Switzerland Switzerland11003
3 Hungary Hungary10010
4 Scotland flag Scotland10010

Group B

1 Spain Spain11003
2 Italy Italy11003
3 Albania national flag Albania10010
4 Croatia Croatia10010

Group C

1 England flag England11003
2 Denmark Denmark10101
3 Slovenia Slovenia10101
4 Serbia Serbia10010

Group D

1 Netherlands Netherlands11003
2 France France11003
3 Poland Poland10010
4 Austria Austria10010

Group E

1 Romania Romania11003
2 Slovakia Slovakia11003
3 Belgium Belgium10010
4 Ukraine Ukraine10010

Group F

1 Czech Republic Czech Republic00000
2 Georgia Georgia00000
3 Portugal Portugal00000
4 Turkey Turkey00000

Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.
Argentina's Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy after collecting the Golden Ball award on December 18, 2022Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!