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Chelsea eyeing cut-price summer move for Real Madrid youngster, could cost £5-10 million

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According to the latest reports from The Telegraph, Chelsea have set their sights on a summer swoop for Real Madrid youngster Rafa Marin as part of their new strategy to recruit top young talents under the club’s new owners.

Marin joined the Real Madrid youth setup from Sevilla in 2016 and has steadily grown into one of the most highly-rated young players at the club.

The 20-year-old has been a regular fixture in Raul Gonzalez’s Castilla outfit over the past eighteen months or so, racking 45 appearances in which he has three goals, two of which have come this term.

The young central defender has been part of Carlo Ancelotti’s matchday squad at times but is yet to make his first-team debut. Given the plethora of options at the Italian’s disposal, Marin’s pathway into the Real Madrid senior team is not easy.

It must be noted that as per Transfermarkt’s data, Marin’s contract with Los Blancos expires at the end of the season. However, the report states that his deal still has 18 months left on his deal and runs out in 2024.

And Chelsea are aiming to capitalise on the Spaniard’s situation by swooping in for him in the summer transfer window. The Blues have scouted the 20-year-old extensively and are seemingly prepared to act on their interest later this year.

Considering that he will be in the final year of his contract with Real Madrid at that time, the Blues believe they can land him in a cut-price deal, with the report stating that Marin could be available for as little as £5-10 million.

Real Madrid, for their part, are planning to hold contract talks with Marin. There seems to be some conflicting claim regarding the duration of his contract and it remains to be seen how the situation develops. What is clear is that Chelsea have the young defender on their radar and plan to move for him in the summer.

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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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