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12 clubs wanted to sign Marco Asensio in the summer, as per entourage

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It’s safe to say that Marco Asensio is at the bottom of the pecking orders of wingers at Real Madrid.

With a combined 73 minutes in both La Liga and the Champions League, the Spanish international has one foot out of the door for all practical purposes.

In the midst of rumours involving a potential exit for the ex-Mallorca star, he has been speculated to make an audacious switch to arch rivals Barcelona. However, a latest report breaks down whether there is any truth to the story.

As reported by AS, certain sources have revealed that there has been no contact between Asensio and Barça about a possible transfer, with the player solely focused on Real Madrid and playing at the 2022 World Cup.

Interestingly, it has also been mentioned that Los Blancos would also be unwilling to accept that Xavi’s men were trying to prise away one of their players, considering both rival clubs have put their differences away to achieve the common goal of making the Super League a reality.

Further details suggest that 12 clubs were chasing the two-time Champions League winner’s signature in the summer, including teams in Italy, France and Portugal.

With Kylian Mbappe looking dead set on becoming a Real Madrid player at one point, Marco Asensio had asked agent Jorge Mendes to bring such offers to his attention.

However, the mega-transfer failed to get over the line, which prompted the 26-year-old not to look for an exit as he fancied his chances of becoming a regular starter. Furthermore, Carlo Ancelotti had told the player that he was destined to be an essential part of his plans this season.

As things went in the opposite direction, Asensio is understood to be fully aware of his status in the team and considers the upcoming World Cup as the perfect opportunity to convince the club to hand him a new deal.

As a result, Marco Asensio is still determined to change his fate at Real Madrid and is not tempted by a move elsewhere, including a controversial switch to Barcelona of all clubs.

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Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions

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Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.

The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.

To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.

But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.

However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.

But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.

It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.

But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.

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