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Carlo Ancelotti willing to listen to offers from the Brazilian national team – report

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Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with a move to Brazil ever since the South American giants’ debacle in last month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Heading into the tournament as one of the favourites, the Selecao were knocked out in the quarterfinals by 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia. The disappointing defeat led to the departure of head coach Tite.

The Brazilian football board has since been on the lookout for a new coach, with Ancelotti emerging as one of the potential options.

Ancelotti himself appears to be aware of the links to Brazil, but the Real Madrid coach has always maintained that he wishes to fulfil his contract at Real Madrid that expires in 2024.

A recent report from UOL Esporte has offered an update on Brazil’s search for a new coach, suggesting that the South American giants are looking for a European coach.

Ancelotti, for his part, is one of the federation’s four shortlisted options. And even though the Italian has maintained his desire to remain at Santiago Bernabeu, Brazilian federation president Ednaldo Rodrigues wishes to meet him in person.

The same news outlet further claimed that Ancelotti himself is ready to listen to offers from the Brazilian FA and that the two parties will hold a meeting in the near future.

Brazil, though, have no shortage of alternatives. In addition to Ancelotti, they are considering moves for other European managers such as Luis Enrique, who has recently exited from the Spanish national team after La Roja got beaten by Morocco in the World Cup.

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, too, is in the crosshairs of Brazil, along with another ex-Merengues boss Jose Mourinho, who is currently managing AS Roma.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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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.

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