Marco Asensio has enjoyed a superb turnaround at Real Madrid lately, with the attacking becoming a trusted option in the first-team for Carlo Ancelotti, thanks to a series of impressive performances.
His contributions to the team have not gone unnoticed, which is why Real Madrid are looking to hand him a contract extension.
According to MARCA, Real Madrid had submitted its first renewal offer to Asensio a few months ago. But the attacker did not like the offer and has not penned the deal yet. This is because the club’s offer was far off from Asensio’s demands.
The report suggests the Spanish international’s priority is to extend his Real Madrid contract. But he will not do it for any price and want the club to make an effort to retain his services, especially on the back of a turnaround this season.
The Spaniard had demanded €6 million net in wages from Madrid, who only offered €4 million net to him. The club believe their offer reflects his performances, even though Asensio was hoping for ‘more affection’.
Real Madrid, though, have appeared extremely reluctant in offering Asensio a fortune, knowing it might not be a prudent option for the long run. The club are already ruing the contract of Eden Hazard, who is now ready to see out his contract until 2024.
Asensio could follow a similar path, especially knowing the player is not rated as a first-team regular going forward. He is only seen as an excellent utility player, as he can operate almost anywhere in the final third.
However, it must be added that Asensio has lost his prominence, to an extent, with Ancelotti dropping him down in the pecking order after the disappointing draw with Atletico Madrid.
But it shouldn’t deter a Real Madrid side who have been very impressed by Asensio’s performances. However, with a host of clubs across Premier League and even Barcelona keen on signing him in the coming summer, Real Madrid must move swiftly if they are to keep hold of the Spaniard.
Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury
David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.
In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.
Real Madrid liked what they saw
Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.
However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.
Summer move not being considered
Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.
As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves.
Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered.