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Liverpool, Arsenal, Milan vying to sign Real Madrid outcast in January
Marco Asensio finds himself in a tough situation at Real Madrid. The Spanish international refused to sign a new contract with the club earlier this year and tried to engineer a transfer away in the summer but ended up staying as he could not find his desired move.
Having remained at the club, Asensio has fallen to the bottom of the attacking pecking order at Real Madrid, with manager Carlo Ancelotti hardly calling on the 26-year-old in the new campaign.
Indeed, the former RCD Mallorca ace has played just 17 minutes of football so far this season and is no longer a key cog in the side.
Asensio has grown frustrated at his situation in the Spanish capital and let it out on the touchline this past Sunday when he reacted angrily to being overlooked for substitution.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, the 26-year-old forward is expected to leave Real Madrid eventually. However, according to fresh reports, Asensio might not have to wait until the summer of 2023 to secure an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Indeed, as relayed by SPORT, Asensio could be offered an escape route from Real Madrid as early as January, as Liverpool, Arsenal and AC Milan are all interested in signing the 26-year-old.
The trio of mentioned clubs had expressed an interest in the Spanish international during the summer window as well, but a move had not materialised, possibly due to Real Madrid’s asking price for him.
However, come January, he will be in the final six months of his contract and Los Blancos could decide to accept whatever they get for him rather than losing him for nothing at the end of the season.
Once touted as the future of Real Madrid, Asensio has failed to hit the heights expected of him, especially after the serious injury he suffered a few years ago.
With his prospects at the Bernabeu looking bleak, an exit during the winter would be welcome from his perspective. Real Madrid also would rake in some cash from his departure and not see him depart as a free agent in the summer of 2023.
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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.
The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.
And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.
Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.
As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.
The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.
However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.
Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.
As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.