After Chelsea owner Todd Boehly suggested the idea of an All-Star Premier League game to raise money for the English football pyramid, several fans and pundits were appalled by his vision.
Many felt that the American entrepreneur was out of touch for deeming such ideas feasible in the first place. However, it has been claimed that the potential of such a contest coming to fruition is realistic, that too on a much grander scale.
As per a report by the The Times, the plan for an All-Star game will be revived, but by expanding the suggestion to include matches between a Premier League XI against a team comprising the best from La Liga and Bundesliga and other top leagues.
It is likely that several Real Madrid players will stroll into the side in any such All-Star XI, considering the quality of the stars at the club.
Just last season, Carlo Ancelotti’s men proved their status as the finest team in Spain by becoming La Liga champions with a landslide 13-point lead over arch-rivals, Barcelona.
In Europe as well, Los Blancos reigned supreme by coming out on top in possibly the most challenging run that a team has ever had to face enroute to winning the Champions League.
Beating the likes of PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool on their way, Real Madrid pulled off a host of heroic comebacks.
And perhaps most pertinently when it comes to a face-off against the finest Premier League side possible, it is key to remember that the Spanish giants beat three of England’s best ensembles last term.
With Karim Benzema as the favourite to win the 2022 Ballon d’Or, whilst Vinicius Jr. remains a top contender as well, the forward duo will certainly get into an All-Star XI, alongside several other of their superstars.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.