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Barcelona will not move for Real Madrid attacker to avoid conflict between clubs



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After it emerged that Marco Asensio will leave Real Madrid at the end of his contract this summer, a long line of suitors have forth to sign him up as a free agent.

There is interest from the likes of Aston Villa, AC Milan, and Juventus while PSG are already in advanced negotiations over a move for the 27-year-old.

Apart from these clubs, another team to have shown an interest in Asensio are Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona.

Indeed, according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, the Blaugrana like the Spanish international a lot and believe that he would be a perfect fit in their squad.

The club’s sports management team is high on Asensio while manager Xavi Hernandez is also understood to be a strong admirer. As such the report states that Barça believe that his signing would elevate the level of the team and make them much stronger, especially in Europe.

However, despite their admiration towards Asensio, Barcelona are not looking to sign him even though he would be available for free this summer.

This is because the La Liga champions do not wish to create a conflict between themselves and Real Madrid by moving for the Spaniard right after he has left the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona believe that Los Blancos could take it as an offense if they signed Asensio now and could go after one of their own players. As such, they will avoid making an attempt for the winger even though his agent, Jorge Mendes, is a close aid of the Catalan club’s president, Joan Laporta.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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