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Real Madrid offered 26-year-old winger to Manchester United during Casemiro talks
By the time Manchester United entered talks with Real Madrid for Casemiro, it’s been learned that apart from the Brazilian, a certain Marco Asensio’s profile was also discussed between the teams.
As reported by journalist Thomas Gonzalez Martin (h/t RM4Arab), it was Real Madrid who offered the Spaniard to the Red Devils in the first place.
It’s no secret that with only a handful of days left before the transfer window slams shut, Real Madrid are open to selling their 26-year-old winger. This was made evident as he failed to get minutes in each of Madrid’s two official games this season.
As of today, despite his contract expiring in 2023, the Los Blancos are yet to enter talks over potential renewal. In fact, the possibility seems extremely unlikely as the 26-year-old is way down the pecking order anyway.
For now, many publications have described Asensio’s situation as a mere dead end as there is no news on where he will end up by the end of the transfer window. And this is why Madrid offered him to Manchester United as they know the Premier League side is hunting for a winger.
In that regard, while Ajax’s Antony remains their priority target, they might be forced to look elsewhere as the Dutch side seems reluctant to part ways.
As for Asensio, he switched his agent from Horacio Gaggioli to sign with Jorge Mendes towards the end of the previous season with an intention to find a new team. But for now, there seems to be no solution in place.
But if there is anything concrete between now and September 1, Madrid will not stand in his way despite their roster getting thinner.
In any way, the bottom line is the departure of Asensio from Real Madrid rank as the unspoken truth that remains is that he is no longer in Ancelotti’s plans.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.