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Real Madrid, Manchester United target would like Barcelona transfer – German sources
According to German journalist Christian Falk (via Caught Offside), RB Leipzig attacking midfielder Dani Olmo, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, would like to join FC Barcelona. The Spaniard would also be open to a transfer to the Premier League.
Earlier this month, reports in Spain claimed that Olmo had emerged as a possible target for Real Madrid heading into the summer window. The former Barcelona academy ace is set to enter the final year of his contract at RB Leipzig, who are having difficulties in renewing him.
It was suggested that Olmo is keen on returning to Spain and would look favourably towards a transfer to Real Madrid despite his past allegiances with Barça. It was even suggested that preliminary contacts had already taken place between the two parties.
However, Christian Falk is now claiming that Olmo ideally like to join Barcelona in the summer, although he would be open to a transfer to the Premier League where Manchester United are said to be interested.
“Another Bundesliga midfielder hotly discussed in the Premier League is Dani Olmo. The Spaniard would like to join FC Barcelona, but is not averse to a move to England,” Falk said.
“Manchester United are also among those interested whilst Leipzig are struggling to renew Olmo’s contract. The problem: Olmo wanted to have an immediate release clause for the summer of 2023 in the new contract.”
Falk adds that the negotiations over a new deal have hit a roadblock as Olmo requested a release clause inserted in the new contract which would come into effect from this summer itself, which the club are reluctant to do.
As he gets set to enter the final year of his contract, the chances of an exit are increasing, especially with negotiations over an extension stalling.
But with Olmo still seemingly favouring a move to Barcelona and clubs like Manchester United as well as Tottenham understood to be in the picture, whether Real Madrid are prepared to go after Olmo in the summer remains to be seen.
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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season
Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.
Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.
According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.
Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.
After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.
Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.
The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.
However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.
Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.