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, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report
Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.
The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.
Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.
Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.
The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.
One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.
The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.
The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.