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Real Madrid misfit being eyed by several clubs over 2023 free transfer – Romano



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The story of Marco Asensio’s decline at Real Madrid is gutting, to say the least. The Spaniard was touted to be the next big thing in Los Blancos’ forward trident but has quickly seen himself consigned to oblivion.

There was a cloud of uncertainty around the winger’s future throughout the summer transfer window but it ultimately resulted in him staying at the Bernabeu. However, it was clear by the beginning of September that the European champions had no intention of renewing his contract.

According to Fabrizio Romano, some clubs are already exploring the possibility of signing Asensio as a free agent for next summer. The player’s current deal with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2023, after which he is set to leave the club.

The 26-year-old has found it difficult to see minutes this term and finds himself below Vinicius Jr, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes, Eden Hazard and Federico Valverde in the pecking order. He has only played eight minutes in La Liga this season and just over half an hour in the UCL.

Earlier this week, he shut his critics with a fine goal against RB Leipzig in the Champions League. While his quality has never been in doubt, his demands for a salary raise are what broke his relationship with the Real Madrid board.

Asensio is expected to start on the bench for the Madrid Derby later today and it remains to be seen if he is given any minutes. Nevertheless, he has been called up for the Spain national team duty during the break and he will look to make a strong impression under Luis Enrique.

As things stand, though, Asensio’s time at Real Madrid could come to an end next year, with several clubs already snooping around to land him a free transfer in the summer of 2023.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million



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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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