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Real Madrid closer to reaching a renewal agreement with winger – report



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According to Mario Cortegana on Radio MARCA, Real Madrid are inching closer to agreeing a contract renewal agreement with Marco Asensio.

The 26-year-old looked like he had one foot out of the door at the Santiago Bernabeu not so long ago as his contract expires at the end of the season and a renewal was nowhere in sight.

However, things have changed quite dramatically with regard to his standing in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans in recent weeks. Asensio has made a good impression with his performances and was one of Real Madrid’s standout performers in the recent win against Celtic.

The Spaniard’s attitude and his performances have seemingly convinced the Real Madrid officials to negotiate a new deal with the Spanish international so as to prolong his stay at the club beyond the ongoing campaign.

Reports indicate that Los Blancos will negotiate with Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, during the World Cup break, but as things stand they are much closer to reaching an agreement with the winger than they were back in the summer.

However, Cortegana adds that there will not be a major improvement on Asensio’s current salary in his new deal as he continues to remain Real Madrid’s fifth-choice attacker behind Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde, who has excelled on the right flank.

It is also stated that despite wanting to extend Asensio’s contract, Real Madrid continue to prioritise the evolution and development of young guns like Vinicius and Rodrygo.

Asensio has scored three goals and set up two more in just 336 minutes of football across all competitions this term, proving that he can be a valuable member of the team. And it seems like his recent performances will be rewarded with a new deal.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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