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Arsenal lead Manchester United in race for €28 million-rated Real Madrid star

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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.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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