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Real Madrid still in talks with soon-to-be-free forward, no decision made yet – Romano

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With Marco Asensio set to become a free agent at the end of the season, Real Madrid have been locked in negotiations with the Spaniard to reach an agreement over a new contract.

On Wednesday, reports emerged stating that the 27-year-old was unhappy with the €4 million contract proposal tabled by Los Blancos and was holding out for a salary of €6 million per year.

It led to speculations that Asensio might walk away from the club in the summer as a free agent.

But, Fabrizio Romano (via Caught Offside) has come up with an update on the matter, stating that a final decision has not been made by Asensio yet and talks are still ongoing between the player and Real Madrid.

“Talks continue between Real Madrid and Marco Asensio. There’s no final decision yet, despite some speculation to the contrary,” Romano said.

At the same time, though, the Italian transfer expert said that the Premier League could be an option for Asensio, with his agents having held talks with English clubs last summer itself.

“His agent already spoke with English clubs last summer, but it’s Asensio who has to decide: new deal or leave on a free,” he added.

Asensio had gained some prominence under Carlo Ancelotti just before and after the World Cup break. However, the winger has once again been struggling for regular minutes of late, which has added to his frustration.

There is no shortage of interest in the Spanish international though as the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, and Liverpool as well.

So, it will be interesting to see how things develop on this front in the coming weeks and whether Real Madrid and Asensio are able to come to an agreement over a new contract or part ways in the summer.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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