Speaking in an interview with El Partidazo de COPE, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Pedri has dropped a hint that he would like to see Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio at Spotify Camp Nou.
Asensio’s contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the ongoing campaign. While at one point he looked certain to leave as a free agent, recent reports indicate that Los Blancos are planning to offer him an extension after his impressive performances prior to the World Cup break.
But with his future still unresolved, several clubs, including Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona, are said to be keeping a close watch on the situation.
Asensio had previously left the door open to a move to Barcelona, but in a recent interview he did say that the Catalan club were never an option for him. However, speculations about a possible switch to Spotify Camp Nou continue to do the rounds.
And now, Pedri, who is playing with Asensio for Spain at the FIFA World Cup 2022, has stoked the fire further, saying that Asensio is a quality player and adding that all top stars should be at Barcelona when asked if he would sign the Real Madrid forward.
“He has a lot of quality, let’s see what happens with his contract but all good players have to be at Barça. Let’s see what happens with his contract but he has plenty of qualities. It is a decision that he has to make,” Pedri said.
Asensio was one of the stars for Spain, along with Barcelona duo Gavi and Pedri, as they ran roughshod over Costa Rica in their World Cup opener, winning 7-0. The Real Madrid winger scored a fine goal and looked in good touch overall.
Prior to that, he had played 15 games for Real Madrid this season, scoring and assisting three goals each. With the links to Barcelona refusing to go away, it will certainly be intriguing to see if Asensio does end up making the controversial switch come summer.
Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report
Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact.
As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.
The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.
Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.
Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.
In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.
From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.
In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.