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.
Ancelotti talks Vinicius, Rodrygo, Militao, Carvajal, Tchouameni ahead of Real Sociedad clash
Real Madrid will take on Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu in Matchday 19 of La Liga on Sunday.
Los Blancos are already three points behind leaders Barcelona in the table and the gap could widen to six points later today as Barcelona face Girona. So, there will be pressure on the reigning champions to bag a victory against La Real, which will be easier said than done.
But, momentum is on Real Madrid’s side as they have racked up three consecutive wins over three tricky opponents in Villarreal, Athletic Club and Atletico Madrid.
On the eve of the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti addressed the media and spoke about the Atletico’s statements regarding the refereeing in the derby, injury situation of his players, among several other things.
On the match against Real Sociedad: “It will be a tough match, we have to play a complete game defensively and offensively. “The aim is to do better than we did in the first half against Atletico Madrid.”
On Atletico Madrid’s statements: “It was an even match and we deserved to win. The rest is something I’m not going to talk about.”
On Real Madrid’s recent ups and downs: “What happens in football goes through my head. There are moments of difficulty and you have to keep a cool head and that’s what we have done. This is a team effort and everyone brings their own contribution. Football gives you the chance to quickly get out of a bad moment and that’s why you always have to be focused.”
On Real Madrid’s style and identity being questioned: “They said the same when we won the Champions League last season. Real Madrid doesn’t have a clear identity in terms of football. I don’t want to. I have a team that knows how to do many things. We want to win the games, this is what matters.”
On Vinicius Jr’s performance vs Atletico: “He prepared for the derby like every match, he always wants to play. He worked very hard, he ran, he made mistakes, but he scored.”
On Davide Ancelotti’s links to Everton: “Davide wants to be first team coach and that will happen one day but not now. The day I stop coaching or the day he decides to leave, he can leave without a problem. He has to make his career and he will do it because he has the ability. But for the moment we are doing very well here and we haven’t finished the job.”
On Rodrygo’s position in the 4-2-3-1 setup: “For me, the 4-2-3-1 is a system that I like above all for the defensive aspect. Sometimes Rodrygo has played in midfield, sometimes Asensio and Modric. Rodrygo likes it because it is an ideal position for him and that is why we are thinking about it.”
On the referees: “I see it as a very, very complicated job. VAR has helped a lot, like with offside, but all subjective decisions can create a problem and controversy. If we compare with the 80s and 90s, there is no corruption. Sometimes they fail, like everyone else. In general, in Europe, refereeing has improved a lot.”
On Dani Carvajal: “He did well in the first half, he was called up to the national team. Until November he had a good season. Now he is coming back from injury, we trust him, he has experience and he will offer a lot to us. He will be available for the next game, as will Alaba and Tchouameni, who will be back on Thursday against Valencia.”
On Atletico Madrid CEO’s statement: “I haven’t read anything. I’ve heard something and that’s it. I prefer not to talk about this subject. I respect all opinions and that’s it.”
On the team’s attitude: “It’s the attitude they all have. I have a very good squad in this sense, nobody gives up because they don’t play. Everyone is trying to prove to me that they deserve minutes. Camavinga, Ceballos, Asensio…. It’s a moment where we need everyone’s help.”
On the fan support at the Bernabeu: “The fans help us. We had some very nice moments last year, they are there during the most difficult moments.”
On Eder Militao: “I see him very well, with room for improvement. He is one of the best in the world when he is focused. Formidable with his head, quick, forceful, aggressive, plays well from the back… He is, without a doubt, one of the best.”
Source: Real Madrid Twitter