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Arsenal, Liverpool asked to shell out €30 million to sign Real Madrid winger



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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.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash



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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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