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With less than a week until the winter transfer market opens its doors and European teams can officially bolster their squads, Real Madrid evaluates the decision of whether to sign a central defender or not. Here, we compile a list of those who have been in the spotlight so far.

Leny Yoro, young center-back from Lille

At the age of 18, Leny Yoro tops the list as the youngest player with the most potential. He managed to surpass Eden Hazard as the youngest debutant for Lille and, this season, showcased his prowess by neutralizing prominent players like Kylian Mbappé. Standing at 1.90 meters and being right-footed, Yoro emerges as a promising option to reinforce Real Madrid’s defense.

Gonçalo Inácio, the lefty from Sporting CP

At 22, Gonçalo Inácio has exceeded expectations at Sporting CP, attracting interest from various European clubs. His advantage lies in being left-footed, a profile currently lacking at Real Madrid, and his 1.85-meter height provides him with greater physical capability. Inácio presents himself as a robust choice to strengthen the defensive line of the white team.

Antonio Silva, defensive leader from Benfica

At 20, Antonio Silva stands out as the defensive leader for Benfica and one of Portugal’s best young talents. Although linked with Manchester City, Silva’s profile has also caught the attention of Real Madrid. With a height of 1.87 meters, he possesses significant aerial prowess, offering defensive solidity to any team that decides to sign him.

Mario Gila, returning home from Lazio

After two years at Lazio, 23-year-old Mario Gila is beginning to shine and could return to his former home. With a deep understanding of the club, Gila could be an affordable option for Real Madrid. His height of 1.85 meters and skills as a right-sided defender are characteristics that could complement the team’s defense.

Rafa Marín, the homegrown option at Alavés

At 21, Rafa Marín is on loan from Real Madrid to Alavés and emerges as the most affordable and logical option since he still belongs to the white club. Demonstrating valid abilities for La Liga in his performances with Alavés, Marín could be a solid and economical choice for Real Madrid in their quest to strengthen the central defense.

Real Madrid evaluates these options carefully as they would be open to make a move for a centre-back in January. Los Blancos is struggling with injuries that hit most of their main players especially at the defensive line.

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