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Real Madrid duo not in Ancelotti’s plans, placed on transfer list – report

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As Real Madrid focuses on the departure front, it has become increasingly important for Carlo Ancelotti to identify players whom he does not count upon. This is not only essential in order to facilitate more signings but also to lighten the wage bill.

According to reports from MARCA, Los Blancos have placed Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola on the transfer market. The manager does not count on either player for the upcoming season and sees them as saleable.

Mariano has barely seen playing time since his arrival to the club in 2018. The highest number of league games the striker participated in was 16 in the 2020-21 season, and that too fell to a meagre nine games last season.

Since his arrival four years ago, the 28-year-old has only scored six goals in La Liga. Needless to say, the manager feels that the likes of Borja Mayoral can provide a better output, but even he is looking at an exit to Getafe.

Meanwhile, Odriozola only returned from his loan spell at Fiorentina last month. In 25 league starts for the Serie A side, he scored one goal and provided one assist. Defensively, he oversaw just three clean sheets and recorded less than four defensive actions per game.

Daniel Carvajal and Lucas Vasquez have proven to be reliable at right-back in recent seasons. Given the latter’s phenomenal adaptation to his new role, Odriozola is seen as a surplus by the club.

It remains to be seen if the players leave on a loan deal or a permanent transfer. Regardless, the club will push for their departure in either form.

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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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