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Man United has Leny Yoro transfer bid accepted as all eyes on Liverpool's next move

Leny Yoro of Lille OSC competes for the ball with Morgan Rogers of Aston Villa during the UEFA Europa Conference League 2023/24 Quarter-final second leg match between Lille OSC and Aston Villa at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on April 18, 2024 in Lille, France.
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Manchester United has had a bid accepted for Leny Yoro. The French defender is at the center of the biggest transfer power struggle of the summer, with Liverpool, Real Madrid and PSG also on the scene.

The nature of the saga means that Manchester United's successful bid is only half the story. It remains the case that Yoro favors a move to Real Madrid, so the Old Trafford hierarchy would need to sell him on a move before it could complete a transfer.

It's an interesting step from Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his new-look recruitment team, with transfer bids usually only going in once agreement with the player is more or less secured. But much like with Liverpool's bid for Moises Caicedo last summer, this could now accelerate proceedings, acting as the catalyst that brings the transfer battle to a head.

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Per the Manchester Evening News, the bid that Lille has accepted for Yoro is between $65m (£51m/€60m) and $76m (£59m/€70m). But parallel talks are continuing between the French club and Real Madrid.

Lille will certainly be grateful for Manchester United's bid, which places the ball in Real Madrid's court. With just a year left to run on Yoro's contract, the Spanish giant had held most of the cards, but the accepted offer on the table will at least apply a bit of pressure.

But is Manchester United just allowing itself to be used as a leverage device? It has since been claimed by Marca that Yoro is ready to snub a move to Old Trafford.

It will be fascinating to see what Liverpool's next move is. On one hand, like it did with Jude Bellingham, it will walk away without tabling a formal bid if it feels it has no realistic prospect of sealing the deal.

Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid celebrates with the UEFA Champions League trophy during the Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Trophy Parade following their victory over Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League Final on June 02, 2024 in Madrid, Spain.
Liverpool reluctantly walked away from Jude Bellingham last summer rather than tabling a hopeless transfer bid. -Credit:Angel Martinez/Getty Images

But on the other hand, with Manchester United having formalized its position as a credible alternative to Real Madrid, it may be that Liverpool wants to do the same. If Los Blancos fail to come through with a sufficient offer, and Yoro decides he wants to leave anyway, FSG would not want their old rivals to have gained too much of a head-start.

Liverpool views Yoro as an exceptional talent and is pursuing him on that basis, rather than because the position is being specifically targeted (ECHO). But Manchester United is placing a concerted effort on strengthening at center-back, with both Jarrard Branthwaite and Matthijs de Ligt seriously pursued as well.

Liverpool.com says: Three center-backs, Man United? That's insane. If Yoro is to go somewhere that isn't Real Madrid, then Liverpool would surely be his best bet, where he would be arriving at a club that has prioritized his arrival out of recognition of his potentially generational talent.

It may be that Liverpool would be sensible to get in a bid of its own, ensuring it is at least in the conversation if the Real Madrid option collapses. But ultimately, a move to the Bernabeu does look like the inevitable conclusion to this saga.