Given their inconsistent form this season, Real Madrid have a ton of work in the summer transfer market going into the 2023/24 season.
There are, at least, four positions Madrid need to plug, including right-back, left-back, centre-back, and right-wing. Possibly a replacement/backup for Karim Benzema, as well.
They have got their work cut out within the squad as well, with four important contracts expiring in the summer. Three of them are in midfield, with Dani Ceballos, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modric all on the verge of becoming free agents.
Another players whose future is in doubt is Marco Asensio. Madrid have informed the winger that they do not count on him as a starter, and that his future could possibly lie elsewhere.
One of the teams interested in signing Asensio in the summer is Liverpool, as per Jacque Talbot.
On a free transfer, Asensio could prove to be vital for Pool, especially with Roberto Firmino set to leave the club on a free transfer in the summer. Pep Lijnders is also a huge fan of the Spaniard.
Primarily a right-winger, Asensio can also play centrally, as a false 9. His finishing and ball-striking are key parts of his game, and could come in handy with Liverpool, who are struggling to get the best out of misfiring forwards Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo.
That said, Asensio is not in the best of forms, either. He has played 18 games in the league – just seven starts -, scoring four goals and giving three assists.
Liverpool and Madrid are also expected to be involved with each other indirectly in the race to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Manchester City are also interested in the Englishman, with his price tag set at over €130 million.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.