When Real Madrid took on Mallorca at the weekend, they were stunned in the 35th minute by Vedat Muriqi’s headed opener. Los Blancos laboured for the next ten minutes hoping to level the scores and the equaliser finally came through Federico Valverde.
The Uruguayan International took matters into his own hands in the dying minutes of the first half as he dribbled across half the field, to the edge of the area, and fired a bullet past the opposition goalkeeper.
The midfielder is slowly growing into one of Real Madrid’s most dependable faces and has a big future ahead of him. Needless to say, the club wish to hold on to him for years to come. At the same time, though, it seems like Valverde is gaining admirers across Europe.
According to reports from AS, Liverpool were interested in signing Valverde in the last two days of the transfer window. The Merseyside team were willing to shell out €100 million for his services but Los Blancos firmly denied them as they had no interest in losing the Uruguayan.
The Premier League side desperately needed an extra body in midfield given their injury crisis and Valverde was one of the top names on their list. Eventually, they signed Arthur Melo from Juventus on a loan deal.
Valverde has been sensational for the men in white this season, scoring two goals and providing an assist in just five appearances. He averages two key passes and close to four defensive actions per ninety minutes.
He faces tough competition to start with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos providing a similar profile. But, the fact that Carlo Ancelotti sees him as an option on the right-wing has meant that he has not been shy of regular game-time.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.