In a major update, Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato is reporting that Aston Villa are pushing to sign Real Madrid duo Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio, both of whom will be free agents in the summer.
Both Asensio and Ceballos see their current contracts expire on June 30, following which they would become free agents and can sign for any club of their desire.
However, the duo has been in negotiations with Real Madrid over a new deal, but there has been no agreement reached as of yet.
Aston Villa’s interest in Asensio is not new and reports had emerged earlier this week that Unai Emery was keen on recruiting the 27-year-old winger.
However, the Spanish international, as per the update from Santi Aouna, has doubts about a possible transfer to Birmingham and is currently prioritising renewing his contract with the Spanish capital outfit.
As for Ceballos, the report indicates that Aston Villa have already sent in a ‘very important offer’ for the midfielder. The 26-year-old has doubts about his continuity at Real Madrid due to his limited role in the side.
Indeed, Ceballos is behind the likes of Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, Luka Modric, and Eduardo Camavinga in the pecking order. Things will only get trickier for him next season with Jude Bellingham edging closer to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
As such, Aston Villa are prepared to offer him a way out of Madrid, with an important proposal already sent to the former Real Betis ace.
Ceballos is not a stranger to the Premier League, having spent two seasons on loan at Arsenal. And it now remains to be seen whether he fancies a return to English shores before next season.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.