David Alaba and Eder Militao have been ever-reliable for Real Madrid this season. Though the centre-back duo did not get off to the best of starts, they eventually managed to bridge the gaps and become a daunting combination.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s plan for next season is to shift Alaba back to his natural position at left-back. To ensure that is possible, it becomes vital for Los Blancos to sign another central defender.
Yesterday night, top tier sources confirmed an agreement between Real Madrid and Antonio Rudiger. The German international has not expressed any interest in renewing his deal with Chelsea and is expected to join the La Liga leaders in the summer.
According to reports from Rodrigo Faez, Rudiger made a sacrifice to ensure his move to the Bernabeu was sealed. The renewal proposal from Chelsea boasted of a higher salary than what Madrid are offering him. Yet, he chose to change clubs and accepted the pay cut.
On Sunday, Tuchel confirmed that the defender would leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, saying that he and the club tried their best to convince him to stay.
“The situation is that he wants to leave the club. He informed me of this is in a private talk. We gave everything — me and the club — but we could not fight anymore. Without the sanctions we would at least be able to carry on fighting, but our hands are tied. We don’t take it personally. It is his decision,” he said.
In 28 League starts this season, Rudiger has overseen 13 clean sheets. Moreover, Chelsea have conceded less than a goal per game with him on the field.
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.