It’s safe to say that Real Madrid have one of the best forward ensembles in world football. In Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr, Los Blancos potentially have the most feared attacking duo in Europe.
Additionally, Rodrygo is one of the most gifted youngsters in the world, while Eden Hazard still possesses bags of technical quality, despite being past his prime.
And with Federico Valverde’s evolution as a right winger, it’s next to impossible for most sides on the planet to hold a torch to the European champions’ options up front.
However, Gerard Deulofeu, one of Europe’s most in-form forwards has hinted at his desire to join Real Madrid, adding to their embarrassment of riches in the forward department.
“If they come, how are you going to say no?”, he said, when asked if he would be willing to join Real Madrid, by MARCA.
Ultimately, this revelation is controversial, to say the least, considering the current Udinese talisman is also a La Masia graduate.
The 28-year-old also represented Barcelona’s first team between 2011 and 2013, following which he had loan stints with Everton and Sevilla, before joining the former permanently in 2015. Deulofeu returned to Barça in 2017, but the reunion lasted just six months as he moved to Watford soon.
It is not a surprise that the temptation of playing for Real Madrid is major for any player in the world. After all, the side from the Spanish capital won a double just last season, and remain the only team in Europe to have triumphed in every game this term as well.
With five league assists for a Udinese side that are at the summit of Serie A, Deulofeu looks like a man possessed in Italy currently as well.
While some may consider the option of bringing in the Spaniard as a viable option to bolster the frontline, Real Madrid’s incredible adaptation in Benzema’s absence indicates they are more than fine up top.
During the interview, Deulofeu also named Benzema as his pick for the Ballon d’Or 2022.
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.