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Real Madrid planning €5 million summer move to purchase academy graduate

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Marcelo Vieira will go down in history as one of Real Madrid’s most successful left-backs and players of all time. The Brazilian has marked an era at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his time in Madrid seems to be coming to an end.

The full-back’s contract at the club runs out this summer, and there is no intention to secure a renewal from both parties. Needless to say, his departure would leave a void in Los Blancos‘ setup.

Ferland Mendy has been a phenomenal reinforcement at left-back, however, his constant injuries are a worry to the management. Considering the delicate situation, Madrid are said to be alert in the transfer market to find a strong backup.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Fran Garcia has emerged as a real possibility. The 22-year-old was a part of Real Madrid’s academy until the summer of 2020, when he made the move to Rayo Vallecano.

Under Andoni Iraola, the Spaniard has emerged as one of La Liga’s finest left-backs both defensively and in the attack. He averages 1.5 interceptions, two tackles and 1.5 clearances per ninety minutes and has also scored one goal this season.

Garcia’s contract at Rayo has a release clause of €10 million, but Real Madrid have a special clause to sign him for half the price. The low investment is one of the main reasons why his signing is seen as attractive by Real Madrid’s management.

The player will arrive as a subsidiary player, primarily used as an option on the bench. Needless to say, Garcia appears to be the closest to reinforcing the left-back spot for next season.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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