After years of success at Santiago Bernabeu, it appears Marco Asensio is finally on the verge of leaving Real Madrid. His contract at the club expires at the end of the season and everything indicates he will become a free agent.
Real Madrid have already kickstarted their search for finding a replacement for Asensio in the transfer market. According to Diario AS, the club are not looking too far either, having identified Brahim Diaz as a potential replacement for Asensio.
The former Manchester City starlet has gained valuable experience at the top level during his time at AC Milan, even helping the Rossoneri win the league title last season and reach the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League this time around.
Due to his long loan spell at San Siro, Real Madrid practically consider Diaz a new signing, much like Fran Garcia. The club will make adjustments to his contract and might consider the possibility of incorporating him into the first team.
The Spanish giants boast the services of Rodrygo, but Diaz can offer more tactical flexibility. The player, for his part, could have a chance of gaining more prominence in the Spanish national team if he can impress at the Bernabeu.
However, Brahim Diaz’s future remains open as Milan are expected to try and secure a permanent deal for the playmaker this summer. The player himself is reportedly keen on prolonging his stay at San Siro.
Real Madrid will make life difficult for Milan by holding out for a hefty price tag. Although Milan themselves are ready to splurge big, they have also been linked with a move for Asensio. So it will be interesting to see how things transpire in the coming weeks.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.