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Real Madrid forward on Barcelona radar as replacement for Ousmane Dembele

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According to a report from ARA, Barcelona are considering a move for Marco Asensio. The Real Madrid attacker has emerged as a shocking target for the Catalans, who are, on an even more surprising note, are mulling over the sale of Ousmane Dembele.

Dembele has been by far one of Barcelona’s top performers since the turn of the year. He has looked in a different vein of form under Xavi Hernandez and his performances have been critical in helping Barcelona enjoy an excellent start to the campaign.

However, with the Frenchman’s contract expiring in 2024, Barça are considering offloading the winger in the upcoming January transfer window. The club believe it could help them fetch an excellent price, especially given the form the player is in currently.

Moreover, Dembele’s agents believe a move away from Camp Nou might be the best possible trajectory for the player’s career. With that in mind, Barcelona have started their search for a replacement, with Asensio emerging as one of the potential options.

Asensio, who currently plies his trade for Real Madrid, has endured a rapid fall from grace over the past couple of years. Constant injuries and a lack of form have seen him trail behind in the pecking order, especially after Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo’s rapid rise to prominence.

It has led to speculations over Asensio’s future at the club, with the attacker’s current contract at Santiago Bernabeu expiring at the end of the season.

It makes the Spaniard an ideal target for Barcelona, who rate the Real Madrid star highly due to his vast experience at the highest level of football. The Catalans are even expected to make a move for the 26-year-old as a potential replacement for Dembele next season.

However, the transfer is entirely reliant on the fate of the Frenchman, who is enjoying life in Barcelona at the moment and is willing to do everything he can to restore the club’s lost glory. Real Madrid, for their part, would certainly prefer the Spaniard to move elsewhere, rather than becoming a key part of the strikeforce of their arch-rivals.

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Real Madrid preparing ‘huge summer revolution’ with three mega targets

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Real Madrid were relatively less active than usual during the recently-concluded winter transfer window, with the club not making any notable moves in the transfer market.

However, the coming summer could be an important one for the club, especially with a string of players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season. While the Merengues have already prepared for renewals, they are also keen on strengthening the squad by bringing in new players.

To that end, a report from Tomas Gonzalez suggests Real Madrid are planning for a ‘big revolution’ in the coming summer.

The Spanish champions have identified three top targets in the form of Jude Bellingham, Dusan Vlahovic and Josko Gvardiol. The club are determined to sign all three targets in the coming summer, as they look to shore up their options in every position.

Bellingham has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for quite some time now, with various reports claiming that the Englishman is the club’s priority target in the summer as they look to find a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.

As far as Gvardiol is concerned, the Croatian was one of the best-performing defenders in the World Cup. Although a centre-back by trade, Gvardiol’s ability to operate at left-back should make him an excellent asset for Carlo Ancelotti, who has struggled with depth in the fullback spots this season.

Vlahovic, meanwhile, was reportedly offered to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The Whites were not too keen on splashing the money in the middle of the season, but it appears they are considering a move for the Serbian in the summer.

Vlahovic will likely be considered as a direct replacement for Karim Benzema, who has had issues with injuries. The Frenchman, in fact, has recently suffered a knock in the game against Valencia and is likely to be ruled out against Mallorca on Sunday.

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