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12 clubs wanted to sign Marco Asensio in the summer, as per entourage
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 defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million
Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.
Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.
The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.
According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.
The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.
Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.
The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.
Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.