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Juventus join Barcelona, AC Milan in free transfer pursuit of Real Madrid attacker for 2023



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Marco Asensio will see his contract with Real Madrid expire at the end of the ongoing campaign. Set to become a free agent in the summer of 2023, the 26-year-old is attracting widespread interest from clubs across Europe.

AC Milan have been long-term admirers of the Real Madrid forward while, of late, Barcelona have also emerged as shock suitors of the Spanish international. Now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Juventus have also entered the race for Asensio.

The Bianconeri find themselves in disarray currently and are already planning to strengthen their roster for the upcoming campaign.

And, as per the report, Asensio is one of the players that they are considering signing, given as he will be available for a free transfer.

The 26-year-old had been linked with an exit from Real Madrid during the last summer as well, as contract negotiations with Los Blancos fell through due to his wage demands.

Since then, the former RCD Mallorca ace has struggled to get regular game-time under Carlo Ancelotti, with the Italian tactician using him vary sparingly off the bench so far this season.

With Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and even Eden Hazard seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, an exit in the summer beckons Asensio.

And, as things stand, there seems to be no shortage of suitors for the winger. As iterated earlier, Milan have been hot on his trail for a while and tried to sign him in the summer as well, but a move fell through.

Barcelona have also entered the picture to sign Asensio on a Bosman deal, with reports even indicating that his agent, Jorge Mendes, has already offered the forward to Real Madrid’s arch-rivals.

Now with Juventus also throwing their hat in the ring to sign Asensio next year, it will be interesting to see where the attacker ends up.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January



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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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