Real Madrid saw their midfield triumvirate of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos get broken this summer as the Brazilian bid goodbye to the club to join Manchester United.
While his departure will be a blow, Los Blancos have players ready to step in and take over from their former midfield general. Aurelien Tchouameni was signed this summer from AS Monaco with that particular objective.
However, in Federico Valverde, Real Madrid already have a player who can step in and replace the Brazilian. The Uruguayan has been utilised on the right flank in recent matches by Carlo Ancelotti but is primarily a midfielder who will now be expected to take over as a dressing room leader.
But, if a report from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is to be believed, Real Madrid could possibly have lost Valverde as well this summer.
Indeed, according to the journalist, Los Blancos received offers as high as €90 million from the Premier League for Valverde. However, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe quickly rejected those proposals, claiming that the midfielder is ‘untouchable’.
The report does not mention which Premier League club made an offer for Valverde, but he has been on the radars of Liverpool in the past.
The 24-year-old has been at Real Madrid since 2016. Having broken into the first-team setup a couple of years later, he has grown into a key part of the team, racking up over 150 appearances.
Valverde signed a new contract with Real Madrid last year, prolonging his stay at the club until the summer of 2027. His release clause stands at a massive €1 billion. Given his importance and standing within the squad, an exit in the near future seems extremely unlikely.
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.