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Inter Milan closely monitoring Real Madrid right-back’s situation – report

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Pre-season is often the final chance for a departing player to prove his worth to the manager. Not many players on the exit list get such an opportunity and the few who do often fail to utilize it.

Alvaro Odriozola’s story at Real Madrid this summer has been similar. At the end of last season, the defender’s departure from the Bernabeu looked certain, but he was given one final chance on the US tour.

Carlo Ancelotti was reportedly unimpressed by the right-back’s performance in the preseason. Now, Odriozola is set to leave the club.

According to reports from Ekrem Konur, Inter Milan are closely monitoring the situation of the Real Madrid right-back.

The Italians have Denzel Dumfries as their first choice right-back, but the Dutch international is linked with a move to the Premier League. With Chelsea edging closer to Dumfries’ signing, the Nerazzuri see Odriozola as an ideal replacement.

Daniel Carvajal and Lucas Vasquez are ahead of the 26-year-old in the pecking order. Needless to say, being a third-choice starter makes Odriozola a surplus in Ancelotti’s plans.

The former Real Sociedad player’s contract with Los Blancos ends in June 2024. It would appear that the current window is the best time for the club to sell him and gather some profit.

Last season, he made 13 league appearances for Real Madrid and scored two goals. However, he only oversaw three clean sheets and averaged less than five defensive actions per game.

It will be difficult for the club to find the right-back a suitor, given his high salary and low market value. Nevertheless, Inter Milan’s interest in the player comes as a sigh of relief, and one hopes it stems into something concrete.

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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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