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Official: Manchester City starting lineup against Real Madrid



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Manchester City are ready to take on the record-champions of the UEFA Champions League Real Madrid at the fortress Santiago Bernabeu. They lead 4-3 on aggregate but the tie is far from done, especially after the La Liga win Madrid are surfing on.

Kyle Walker returns to the starting lineup, replacing John Stones from the first leg, and starts as the right-back. Joao Cancelo, too, starts after serving his suspension. Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias form the centre-back duo with Ederson in goal.

Things are unchanged in midfield for Pep Guardiola, who has resorted to Kevin de Bruyne as the left central midfielder. Bernardo Silva continues on the right side of the trident, with Rodri anchoring as the defensive midfielder.

Gabriel Jesus will hope to continue his impeccable form as he starts as the striker, flanked by Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden on the right and left-wing respectively.

Confirmed Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Bernardo, Rodri, de Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report



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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.

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