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Barcelona director wants to sign Real Madrid attacker for Aston Villa, could double salary

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According to a fresh update from MARCA, departing Barcelona director Mateu Alemany wants to sign Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio for his next club, Aston Villa. The Premier League club’s manager, Unai Emery, is also on board with the idea.

Asensio, 27, has less than two months left on his current contract with Real Madrid. The Spanish winger has been in talks over a renewal with the Merengues for a while now but an agreement has not yet been reached due to the disparity in wages being offered and demanded.

Asensio had been linked with a shock move to Barcelona a while ago, but those rumours died down. However, Alemany, who is now set to take over as the sporting director at Aston Villa in the summer, wants to take the Real Madrid attacker with him to the Premier League.

Asensio has constantly maintained that his priority is to renew with Real Madrid and the report states that Alemany is well aware of it.

However, the fact that a new deal has not yet been signed with only over a month left on his deal has provided him and Emery encouragement to try and push for a deal.

Aston Villa plan to offer Asensio a lucrative contract worth €8 million per year, which would be double the amount that he currently earns at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But as iterated earlier, the Spanish international continues to prioritise his continuity at Real Madrid. So, even though he has already rejected a contract offer from the club, talks with his agent, Jorge Mendes, have moved in a positive direction and their positions are much closer now.

Apart from Aston Villa, there is interest from AC Milan as well, but their offer is unlikely to match that of the Premier League club.

Asensio has been seeking a prominent role at Real Madrid and in recent weeks, he has been getting much more game-time than in the past. And it remains to be seen if a chance to double his salary and a good sporting project at Villa tempts him.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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