A recent claim from the respected French journalist Nabil Djellit has relayed that Real Madrid are one of the two top European teams who are closely studying the situation of Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez, 31, will enter the final year of his current Man City deal at the end of the season and despite that, the Cityzens have not held extension talks with the Algerian.
With 23 goals and seven assists across all competitions already, Mahrez has emerged as one of the most in-demand players, with the aforementioned source also crediting Paris Saint-Germain with an interest.
It is said that Mahrez has a profile that suits Real since Gareth Bale is certain to leave at the end of the season. Now, it’s not that the Welshman was anyway a big entity this season, but the arrival of Mahrez can potentially boost the attack line with Kylian Mbappe also supposedly on the move.
At PSG, however, the situation is pretty much straightforward. Angel Di Maria’s contract expires at the end of the season, and while the team does have an option to extend it for another year, he is most likely to leave anyway.
This is where Mahrez comes into the picture. There are reports that claims if there is indeed an offer from PSG, it will be significantly more than what the Algerian is earning at the Etihad.
Furthermore, at 31 years of age, this could well and truly be his last big contract. This is something that can work in the favour of both Real and PSG as it can actually force him to at least consider the upcoming offers.
At the same time, however, Mahrez’s personal preference has always been to commit his future with City. Additionally, even his manager, Pep Guardiola, does not want to lose one of his prized possessions.
Striking any deal though is not going to be as straightforward as it seems, but the parties involved are looking to establish a middle ground anyway.
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.