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.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.