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Real Madrid forward still on Barcelona’s radars, contract expires in 2023

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Marco Asensio’s future at Real Madrid continues to be a topic of much debate and speculation as we close in on the New Year.

The 26-year-old’s current contract with the champions of Spain and Europe stands to run out at the end of the season. At one point, it looked like there was no way back for the former RCD Mallorca ace and that he would be let go as a free agent next summer.

But, in the weeks leading up to the World Cup break, Asensio proved his value to Carlo Ancelotti’s side, putting up some impressive displays off the bench and as a starter.

It gave way to suggestions that Real Madrid are ready to sit down and negotiate a new contract with the versatile forward, although without any significant raise in his wages.

While that may be the case, according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid’s eternal rivals Barcelona are said to be still attentive to Asensio’s situation.

Barça had been credited with a strong interest in signing Asensio in the recent past. The fact that the winger’s agent, Jorge Mendes, shares a strong relationship with the Catalan club’s president, Joan Laporta, only served to fuel the fire.

Matters were not helped by Asensio’s statements in an interview during which he admitted that he would be open to swapping Real Madrid for Barcelona if the opportunity presented itself.

The Blaugrana are said to be still keeping an eye on Asensio and will even watch him closely at the World Cup, where he will be representing the Spanish national team.

The former Mallorca starlet will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with the club of his picking in January.

Ideally, Real Madrid would like to renew him before that. There have been indications from the player’s side that he wants to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu as well. So, there is a good chance that Asensio pens an extension and puts an end to the speculations.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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