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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 closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back

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Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.

Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.

The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.

Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.

The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.

Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.

The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.

With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.

Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.

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