HomeBetting TipsLiverpool and Manchester United keen to sign Lille's Leny Yoro

Liverpool and Manchester United keen to sign Lille’s Leny Yoro

As England’s two biggest teams head into a big summer of transition, it’s arguably more important now than ever to do good business in the transfer window. It’s often a wise move to take transfer speculation with a pinch of salt, especially when it comes from self-proclaimed “in the know” accounts on social media.

Leny Yoro: A brief bio

Having risen quickly through the ranks at Lille, Leny Yoro was considered the stand-out player for the French club last season. He was named as a member of the Ligue 1 team of the year despite only recently turning 18. He made his debut for them at 16, quickly cementing his place in the starting 11.

Rising to such a high standard at such a young age has inevitably attracted the attention of the big European clubs, and Liverpool and United have both been strongly linked with him. So, what are his chances of switching to the EPL next year?

Yoro to Man Utd?

Manchester United ended their season on a high with an electric performance against their domestic rivals in the FA Cup Final. It’s been a turbulent post-Ferguson era at Old Trafford, and there were serious questions about Ten Haag up until this big domestic cup win.

Some United fans are still not convinced he’s the man to take them forward next year, but if recent rumours are to be believed, he’s set to sign a new contract that will see him stay at Old Trafford until 2027. Now that Jim Ratcliffe and the rest of the Man Utd board have put their weight and faith behind the Dutchman, he will be keen to set his sights on some fresh signings.

The summer transfer rumour mill is already underway despite the Euros grabbing all the headlines. There’s a surge of gambling activity revolving around Europe’s most esteemed international football competition at the moment, so seeking out individual player transfer markets might not reflect the movements going on behind closed doors.

Dean Etheridge is also lending his support and expertise to gambling tips for this summer’s Euro 2024 betting markets. However, once the tournament concludes, the focus will shift rapidly back to domestic football, English transfers and how the outright betting markets are shaping up for next season.

Yoro is one of several defenders Manchester United has shortlisted. They’ve also been heavily linked with Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, who rejected a meagre offer already in June. Depending on whether United walks away from the Branthwaite negotiations and how close they’re willing to get to Everton’s asking price, we suspect Yoro will be their next target.

They’ll also be keen not to have the sort of drama that came with not signing Harry Kane last summer and the fallout that came from United no longer being able to attract the big names to play at Old Trafford.

Will Liverpool swoop in instead?

Liverpool is facing an entirely different type of transition following Jurgen Klopp, their most successful manager since Bill Shankly, announcing he would be leaving Anfield. Manchester United fans will be able to attest to how challenging it can be when an elite manager who has spent several years infusing their philosophy and presence into the team jumps ship.

Arne Slot has made no secret of his plans to sign players this summer. The Dutch manager faces the unenviable task of following in Klopp’s enormous footsteps, who won the Champions League and Premier League during his tenure at the Reds. It’s a similar tough transition to the one his fellow countryman Ten Haag is facing down the East Lancs.

Many of the names Klopp brought in are rumoured to be considering the possibility of following him out of the door. Virgil Van Dijk, purchased for a world-record fee by Klopp and an integral part of the Reds, has allegedly held several talks with Saudi clubs, and it looks like he might be looking to make a colossal money move, joining the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League.

If Van Dijk does leave, replacing him will be Slot’s number one priority — and he’s likely to go for a player with more experience than Leny Yoro, given the reported fee of £40m that Lille is holding out for.

Final thoughts

With Real Madrid also rumoured to be in the race, it’s going to boil down to where the 18-year-old sees his future, and with the uncertainty surrounding United and how a post-Klopp Liverpool might shape up, Madrid has just as much of a chance at signing the young French defender as England’s two footballing titans.

Real Madrid is riding the wave of a magical season, featuring a La Liga and Champions League double, and could find themselves in prime position to sign Leny Yoro. They’ve already made the biggest transfer of the summer bar none, with megastar Kylian Mbappe signing for Ancelotti’s team on a free transfer earlier this summer.

If Yoro wants to break away from the French squad, then realistically, what better way would there be than signing for the current European champions alongside his fellow countryman Mbappe?

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