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Barcelona manager ‘really likes’ Real Madrid star who will be a free agent next year

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After a recent revelation made by Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany, where he confirmed that the Catalan team will now poach free agents in the summer of 2023, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has claimed that one of those targets would be a certain Marco Asensio.

Asensio, 26, has fallen way down the pecking order in Carlo Ancelotti’s blueprint, and it is more than evident that the team from the capital city will have no problem in parting ways with the winger.

Asensio’s current deal with Real Madrid runs until June 2023, and there has been no movement from the Madrid team with regard to a potential renewal. On the contrary, they even tried to get rid of him this summer and they will continue to do so next year.

As it turns out, the 26-year-old’s current situation is proving to be a blessing in disguise for the Catalan team. As MD claims, Asensio is someone who ‘Xavi really likes’. In fact, there were reports that he was a target for Barcelona well before he signed for Madrid.

And now, the team from Catalunya are expected to open the doors yet again after the player himself admitted that he would not hesitate to sign for his current team’s arch-rivals next season as all he wants is to play regular first-team football.

It’s important to note that the future of Asensio as a Real Madrid player was thrown into air during the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old, represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes asked his representatives to find him a top club, but lack of suitors forced him to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

As of today, while Barcelona’s interest remains persistent, the player’s representatives have denied the fact that there has been any contact between the concerned parties. 

So, for now, Asensio can only hope to gain as many minutes as he can this season, and once the season is dusted, he will want to sign for a team that fulfils all of his desires.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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