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Liverpool, Arsenal, Milan vying to sign Real Madrid outcast in January



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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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Real Madrid set upper limit for Jude Bellingham’s signing in the summer – report



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Real Madrid are hot on the trail of Jude Bellingham over a transfer in the summer of 2023 in the hopes of revamping their midfielder completely.

Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, and Aurelien Tchouameni will already form the heart of their midfield for the next decade or so, and someone like Bellingham can add immeasurable quality and competition to it.

That said, Madrid already know about the competition they will face in pursuit of the Englishman, and have set an upper price limit for his signing, according to a report published by SPORT.

They are not ready to offer anything more than what they paid for Tchouameni in the summer – €80 million + €20 million. That is far from what Borussia Dortmund want for the midfielder, though.

The Yellow and Black have valued the English midfielder around €150 million, nearly double what they received for Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland individually.

Madrid are not along in the race for Bellingham, either. Previous reports have quoted interest from Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, but it seems unlikely that any of them apart from Chelsea will want to shell out €150 million on one player.

Bellingham has been in incredible form this season, and also has three goals and two assists to his name in the Bundesliga to back his performances up. The 19-year-old has been unplayable in the Champions League, too, with four goals and an assist in five games.

As England geared up to face Iran for the opening matchday of the FIFA World Cup, the Dortmund midfielder opened the scoring for the Three Lions in the 35th minute. If he can maintain his form, it seems unlikely that BVB will budge from their asking price.

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