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Real Madrid eyeing summer move for fan-favourite Chelsea superstar – report

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Real Madrid were expected to be in transition for at least a couple of years when the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo left the Bernabeu. The young players in the side needed a few years to develop and the ageing core was expected to phase out.

However, Los Blancos barely took one year to return to the highest level. The main reason for the short transition was the consistency of their midfield core.

While the team rebuilt itself around them, the combination of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro held the team’s ship steady with their experience. Yet, the inevitable ageing has come, and cracks in the midfield have been visible this season.

Florentino Perez is heavily invested in improving the forward line in the summer, but the midfield requires equally as much attention.

According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid are keeping an eye on the contract of N’Golo Kante at Chelsea. The 12-time UEFA Champions League winners were interested in the French international in 2016 and 2019 too, with Zinedine Zidane being a big fan of the player.

Kante signed a five-year contract extension with the Blues in 2018. His current deal ends in 2023, and renewal has not been agreed upon yet. One year remains on his deal, and Chelsea will be under pressure to sell the player in the summer.

The 31-year-old has been one of the centre-pieced of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea, playing 19 Premier League games so far. He has scored two goals and provided three assists in the aforementioned duration.

Real Madrid’s management will have a chance to observe the player when the club take on Chelsea later this month in the Champions League. Nevertheless, the London based club will not make it easy for Los Blancos to prize away one of their most treasured assets.

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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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