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Real Madrid made enquiry for Bayern Munich defender on Barcelona’s radar – report

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A lot has been said about David Alaba’s reluctance to play at left-back this season. The Austrian International was initially signed for his dynamic profile and ability to play both in central and the left side of defence, but the plan did not pan out as expected for Real Madrid.

If reports from Sky Sport Germany (h/t Madrid Xtra) are to be believed, the Merengues dodged a similar bullet with Benjamin Pavard.

Reports had recently suggested that Real Madrid had shown an interest in signing in the French international, who is set to leave the club at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has 18 months left on his contract at Bayern Munich but is unlikely to renew and the German champions are said to be open to his departure this summer, following a few disciplinary issues.

Real Madrid are among a host of clubs to have been linked with Pavard, with arch-rivals Barcelona also being credited with an interest.

The report from Sky Germany mentions that Los Blancos enquired about the player’s availability with Bayern Munich recently as a possible reinforcement for the right-back position.

However, there was no progress on that front as it became clear that Pavard wanted to play as centre-back in his new club.

This development comes amidst speculations claiming that Barcelona had taken the lead in pursuit of the Frenchman, although it must be noted that the Blaugrana also want him to play at right-back.

Either way, the report states that Carlo Ancelotti’s side are said to be assessing options for the right-back position where they currently have Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez.

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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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