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Real Madrid offer three-year deal with improved wages to winger, agent wants more
In a major development as reported by journalist Pacojo on SER Deportivos, Real Madrid have offered a new three-year contract to forward Marco Asensio with improved wages. However, his agent, Jorge Mendes, is demanding more from the club.
Asensio’s future has become a much-discussed-about topic over the past few months due to his situation at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 26-year-old has entered the final year of his contract with Real Madrid and talks over a new deal had completely stalled.
The reason behind that was Asensio’s wage demands, which Los Blancos were unwilling to meet. What followed was the winger joined forces with super-agent Mendes and tried to secure an exit in the summer, but could not find a club that met his wishes.
Having been forced to stay put at Real Madrid, Asensio found game-time hard to come by in the initial parts of the season and looked primed to leave at the end of the campaign when his contract expired.
However, it seems like there has been a U-turn in his situation. The winger has made a good impression coming off the bench in recent matches. He found the back of the net in the win against Elche last midweek and played a key hand against Sevilla on Saturday as well.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted that talks over a contract could be held in the future. And it seems like Real Madrid have seemingly made their first move, by offering him a three-year extension with a salary that will be higher than his current wages.
The report further indicates that Asensio is tempted to continue at Real Madrid, having had a change of heart as he understands that life away from the Bernabeu could be difficult. However, Jorge Mendes is said to be demanding more from the club.
Asensio, so far this term, has made 11 appearances across all competitions, all from the bench. He has scored two goals and set up one more.
It is also claimed that Los Merengues seek an answer from the former RCD Mallorca winger before the FIFA World Cup commences next month. And it will be interesting to see how this situation develops in the coming weeks.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.