The summer transfer window is quickly approaching its closing days, but Real Madrid are yet to take a firm stance on the situation of several players.
The Spanish club have been on the fence for most of their players, neither pushing for their departure nor committing to their extension. One such player is Jesus Vallejo.
According to reports from Diario AS, Carlo Ancelotti is happy with the player’s recent performances. While the door to his exit remains open, the coach is not opposed to the Spaniard’s continuity either.
The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a departure ahead of the transfer window. However, his strong performances in the preseason have made a lasting impression on the manager, who now sees Vallejo as a valuable option.
In the USA leg of the preseason, the defender played 84 minutes over three games and even recorded one assist in the game against Juventus.
The centre-back will face heavy competition to start if he opts to stay. At the moment, Antonio Rudiger, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, and David Alaba are all ahead of Vallejo in the pecking order.
There are rumours of Ancelotti planning to use the Spaniard at left-back for the upcoming season, and it was confirmed when the manager opted to try it against the Bianconeri.
Given that Ferland Mendy is the only direct option to cover the left-back position, this solution could help Vallejo get more minutes under his belt. Yet, the outcome will depend on where Alaba’s future lies- central defence or left-back.
Last season, Vallejo only made five league appearances for Los Blancos and oversaw two clean sheets.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.