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Real Madrid reignite interest in €35 million-rated Chelsea defender — report



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Alex Kirkland, ESPN’s Madrid correspondent, has confirmed that Real Madrid are back in the race to sign out of contract Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Writing alongside Rodrigo Faez, the journalist mentioned that the German defender, who is looking for his last big contract, was reportedly being considered by the capital club earlier in the season.

The situation at that time, however, was entirely different. Back then, the team was only linked because Rudiger’s representatives had offered him to Madrid. In reality, the team had no genuine interest neither did they approach with any offer.

At present, the Madrid executives have seemed to have changed their minds and Rudiger is back on Madrid’s agenda. The team is chasing him in order to bring in strong defensive reinforcements for the next season.

One of the reasons why the 29-year-old caught everyone’s attention was his exhilarating display in Chelsea’s 3-2 in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Santiago Bernabeu.

It must be noted that Rudiger’s current Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season and there has been no movement either from the Blues or from the player. This more or less means Chelsea have accepted their fate that the defender will no longer continue to don the royal blue of London.

Now, if Madrid are, in fact, serious about the deal, they must be aware of the fact that Barcelona have already met with the player’s agent.

The move to the Catalan club, however, is looking extremely unlikely as they are already closing in on Andreas Christensen while Ronald Araujo is close to agreeing on a new contract too.

With the lack of options at the back, Carlo Ancelotti has been using David Alaba alongside Eder Militao as his first choice pair while Nacho and Jesus Vallejo have been used as back-ups.

In case of any injury, the manager will have to make several adjustments as he did against Chelsea where Dani Carvajal was used as a makeshift centre-back. But with Rudiger arriving, the team will have a much-needed breathing space.

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Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker



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Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.

The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.

According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.

The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.

The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.

But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.

However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.

It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.

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