Marco Asensio has not done much wrong during his time at Real Madrid. While his consistency can be questioned, there is little doubt that he is a player who can produce goals out of nothing.
Yet, Real Madrid are close to sealing the player’s move away from Santiago Bernabeu and Asensio can blame no one but himself for his situation. After all, it was his stubbornness on a pay raise that created a rift between the two parties.
Asensio is in the final year of his contract with Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti’s side were interested in renewing his contract, but he demanded a raise in wage which the club refused to provide. Now, the pressure is on the Spanish champions to sell the player and recoup some funds from his departure.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Los Blancos have set a price tag of €30 million (£25 million) for Asensio as Premier League clubs line up to sign him. Arsenal and Liverpool headline the list of interested parties, but some interest has been noted from Manchester United too.
However, the most recent addition and perhaps the most convincing option is AC Milan. The Italian side almost assures the player of a regular starting role. It is said that their project could convince him to even take a pay cut to make the move possible.
During his tenure with the reigning champions of Spain and Europe, Asensio has played 235 games and won the domestic title thrice. In the 2021/22 season, he made 31 league appearances and scored ten goals.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.