With less than a week left in the summer transfer window, Marco Asensio’s future at Real Madrid continues to be unresolved.
The 26-year-old winger is in the final year of his contract with the Spanish heavyweights and has so far refused to ink a new deal.
It has led to Real Madrid deciding to offload him and while there have been plenty of speculations about the clubs interested in him, but no concrete approaches have been made as of yet.
However, that could change in the last few days of the window, as Arsenal and Manchester United have firmed up their interest in Asensio and are ready to make their moves for the Real Madrid attacker.
This claim comes from the Mirror, who state that Arsenal are currently leading Manchester United in the race to sign the 26-year-old Spanish international.
As per the report, a representative from Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency, which represents Asensio, is already on standby in London to speed up negotiations with Arsenal in case the deal receives the go-ahead from all parties.
Arsenal are in the market for a new wide forward after letting Nicolas Pepe leave on loan. Asensio has been linked with a move to the Emirates on and off all through the summer, but things could pick up pace in the coming days.
Manchester United are also keen on him, although they view him only as an alternative for AFC Ajax winger Antony, who remains their primary transfer target.
Real Madrid are ready to part ways with Asensio and are demanding around €28 million (£23.5 million) for his services. Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed earlier today that the Spaniard will be sold if a good offer arrives, saying:
“I don’t know anything new about Asensio, if there are good options for him and for the club, it can be evaluated.”
The stars seem to be aligned for Asensio to leave Real Madrid in the next few days. Whether he ends up at Arsenal or Manchester United remains to be seen.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.