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AC Milan rival Manchester United in race for out-of-favour Real Madrid winger



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Real Madrid are keen on sorting out the future of Marco Asensio before the transfer window slams shut in less than a week.

The 26-year-old has entered the final year of his contract with the reigning champions of Spain and England and has refused to pen a new deal. However, there have not been many takers for the Spanish international so far, putting his future in limbo.

Asensio is no longer favoured at Real Madrid, with president Florentino Perez reportedly instructing manager Carlo Ancelotti to no longer count on the former RCD Mallorca prospect.

But, both Asensio and Real Madrid could find a reprieve in the final week of the transfer window as the winger is picking up interest from clubs in England and Italy.

Indeed, Manchester United are reported to be keen on signing Asensio from Real Madrid before the transfer window closes.

Now, according to journalist Sergio Santos on El Chiringuito TV, AC Milan have joined Manchester United in the race to secure the services of Asensio.

Milan have been linked with a move for the Spanish international on and off all through the summer. However, the rumours had died down in recent weeks, with the Rossoneri reportedly deciding to try their luck next year, when he would become a free agent.

However, it seems like they are back in the hunt for Asensio’s signing, as they seek upgrades in their attacking options on the right flank.

Manchester United, meanwhile, could be viewing the Real Madrid ace as an alternative to top target Antony, for whom AFC Ajax are demanding a king’s ransom this summer.

Once heralded as the future of Real Madrid, Asensio has lost his way in the last couple of seasons, failing to hit the heights expected of him after a serious injury he suffered a few years ago.

While he did score ten goals in La Liga last season, the 26-year-old has looked a shadow of his best self and could soon be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu. Whether it is to AC Milan or Manchester United or a different club altogether remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar



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There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.

The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.

To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.

Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.

A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.

It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.

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