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Just in: Marco Asensio to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season

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According to a breaking report published by Hugo Cerezo, Marco Asensio is set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. He has decided not to accept the renewal handed to him by Madrid.

Asensio has been at Madrid for seven seasons now, having initially joined from Mallorca for less than €3 million. He has 61 goals and 32 assists across 285 appearances for los blancos, winning three Champions Leagues and La Ligas each.

He will leave the club as a free agent after several months of negotiations with Madrid regarding a potential renewal. However, his role in the team, coupled with his salary demands meant the two parties were constantly at crossroads.

PSG were reportedly interested in signing Asensio in the summer to fill in the hole that would be left by Lionel Messi’s potential departure as a free agent. However, Madrid knocked back any attempts from the Parisian outfit to pursue the Spaniard as the player wanted to stay.

There was also interest from Italy and the Premier League, but the player’s intention, at least up until a few weeks ago, was to continue in Madrid.

Aston Villa are also keeping tabs on the player alongside Dani Ceballos. Both of them are out of contract in the summer, and the reports state that Unai Emery’s side have already sent in an ‘important offer’ for the Spanish midfielder.

Apart from the two, Madrid could also potentially lose Nacho for free in the summer as the defender hopes for more game time.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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