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Real Madrid closely monitoring the progress of 21-year-old former defender

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Miguel Gutierrez was one of several academy products that Real Madrid parted ways with in the previous summer transfer window. The young left-back signed for Girona after having found game-time hard to come by under Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, according to MARCA, Real Madrid are carefully tracking the progress of the 21-year-old Gutierrez as they could consider re-signing him in the future.

Since joining Girona, the left-back has grown into an important player for the club, featuring in 15 of their 16 La Liga matches along with two Copa del Rey encounters. In total, he has accumulated 1274 minutes of action across 17 matches and has registered three assists.

Real Madrid have always rated Gutierrez highly but the youngster could not find continuity under Ancelotti last season, who preferred to use Ferland Mendy and Marcelo at left-back.

Following Marcelo’s departure this past summer, there was a window of opportunity for the 21-year-old, but the management decided to sell him and he is making the most of his opportunity at Girona.

As per the report, Real Madrid received a fee of €4 million from Girona, for 40% rights of the player. Meaning, Los Blancos still retain 60% of the rights on Gutierrez and could bring him back in the future for a reasonable fee.

“He is a player that we are evaluating for the future, he can return if he does well,” Ancelotti had said int he past, as quoted by MARCA.

And, hence, they are keeping a close track of his development and progress at the Catalan club.

With Ferland Mendy not performing at the desired level consistently and there being no viable backup at left-back at the moment, Real Madrid are expected to invest in a new player in the position.

Another former academy man, Fran Garcia, who plays for Rayo Vallecano, has been identified as a target.

But, if Gutierrez continues to excel at Girona over the coming months, it might not be too long before Real Madrid consider bringing him back.

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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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