Real Madrid completed a 4-1 drubbing of Real Sociedad at the weekend ahead of the critical encounter against Paris-Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League. However, all is not well ahead of the Round of 16 clash.
Los Blancos head into the game at Bernabeu with some significant handicaps. Casemiro and Ferland Mendy are suspended on the night owing to an accumulation of yellow cards. Moreover, injuries to Marcelo and Toni Kroos have put both players in doubt for these upcoming games.
Carlo Ancelotti’s plans suffer a big blow with these updates, especially at left-back and in midfield. Yet, there is a silver lining to the situation.
According to reports from Miguel Angel Diaz, Kroos is not yet ruled out for the game against PSG. On Tuesday, the German will try to train with the group. The final decision regarding his participation will be based on his feelings in the session.
If he is able to play, the German is expected to partner Luka Modric and Federico Valverde in midfield. However, Eduardo Camavinga leads the race to replace him if Kroos is unable to participate.
After the 1-0 defeat in the first leg, Madrid find themselves in a must-win situation midweek. If Ancelotti’s men cannot win by a margin of at least two goals, it will be the end of their Champions League run this season. However, they do have the home advantage on the night and are expected to see off the struggling French side.
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.