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 intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.