Real Madrid will take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup Final on 10th August. Los Blancos represent the Champions League as winners, while the German outfit beat the likes of Barcelona en route to their Europe League win.
Frankfurt were, in no way, shape or form the favourites to win Europe League heading into the competition. In fact, they were not even expected to make it past Real Betis, who they faced in the Round of 16.
As is turned out, they beat Barcelona, West Ham, and then Rangers in the finals as they lifted the trophy. This was largely because of their astute attacking system, pressing regime, and of course, none other than superstar Filip Kostic.
The Serbian scored three goals and assisted four, including one in the final, through the campaign. Unfortunately, he is a huge doubt for Frankfurt heading into the Super Cup final.
Fabrizio Romano has reported that Kostic is closing in on the move to Juventus. The 29-year-old has already agreed personal terms with the Italian giants, and the negotiations with Frankfurt are in advanced stages.
With just one day to go before the game, there is a huge chance that Kostic could be unavailable for the final. And without the winger, Frankfurt’s attack will definitely be handicapped.
He is, by far and large, their best player. Real Madrid will be hoping that the move goes through before the big game, while the Bundesliga outfit will try to delay it for as long as possible.
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.