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Jorge Mendes offers Asensio to Barcelona again after Catalans rejected €55m summer move

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It is rare for a Real Madrid player to be linked with a move to Barcelona. Very few players in the history of the game can claim to have played for both the La Liga giants and Marco Asensio could join that elite list soon.

According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin on El Debate, Jorge Mendes has offered Asensio to the Blaugrana on a five-year contract.

Moreover, the report adds that this is not the first time the super-agent has approached the Catalan side to sign Asensio.

In August, Mendes proposed a €55 million move to Camp Nou for his client. However, that deal did not go through because Barcelona were already close to signing other targets in the transfer window.

Additionally, Joan Laporta wished to avoid any tussle with Florentino Perez with their Super League project still alive.

Asensio has faced drought for minutes this season at Real Madrid and sees the likes of Vinicius and Rodrygo ahead of him in the pecking order. Yet, his situation would not be very different at Barça given Xavi’s rich reserves in the forward department.

Though the player would have to compete for minutes at both clubs, the Blaugrana’s proposal may be more attractive financially. After all, it was a mismatch in the wage rise that caused the fallout between Asensio and Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old winger hinted that he might be open to a move to Barcelona in a recent interview. And Mendes has now offered the Catalans an opportunity to sign him on a five-year deal once he enters the final six months of his contract withe Real Madrid in January.

Needless to say, the forward’s future is far from certain. A lot will depend on his performances in the coming months – both for club and country.

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent

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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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