With not much time left for the summer transfer window to end, Real Madrid are still working on a few player exits.
The reigning champions of Spain and Europe released the likes of Isco, Gareth Bale and Marcelo this summer while also getting rid of Borja Mayoral, Luka Jovic, Miguel Gutierrez and Takefusa Kubo, among several others.
The most high-profile departure came this past weekend as Casemiro was allowed to leave for Manchester United in a deal worth €85 million, including add-ons. However, that might not be the end of the exits at the Bernabeu.
Mariano Diaz is likely to be on his way out, with the striker now ready to leave Real Madrid.
And, according to journalist Alberto Pereiro, forgotten defender Alvaro Odriozola will also be sold, with Real Madrid still working on finding a club for the Spaniard.
Signed from Real Sociedad in 2018, the 26-year-old never really settled down at the Spanish capital club and found himself struggling for game-time. A loan move to Bayern Munich in 2020 did little to spark a turnaround of fortunes for him.
Odriozola did see moderate success last season when he was loaned out to Fiorentina. However, a permanent move to the Serie A club does not appear to be on the radar.
At Real Madrid, the right-back finds himself behind Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and even Vinicius Tobias in the pecking order. So, an exit seems the best possible solution for him and the club at the moment.
The report from Alberto Pereiro claims that the Premier League could be a serious option for Odriozola this summer. There had been links with newly-promoted club Nottingham Forest, but those rumours have gone quiet.
Inter Milan in Serie A were another club to have been linked with the ex-Real Sociedad ace and could rekindle their interest if they lose Denzel Dumfries.
As things stand, a summer departure looks the likeliest move for Odriozola. But his next destination remains unclear at this point.
Real Madrid offer new €4.8 million-a-year deal to forward, player wants €6 million
With several Real Madrid players set to be out of contract in the summer, the club need to start making moves to tie down the stars they intend to keep hold of.
One such player who Real Madrid seem interested in retaining is Marco Asensio.
The 27-year-old looked certain to depart early in the season, but has managed to work his way back into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and proved that he can be of value to the team.
It has led to the club altering their stance on his future, with Los Blancos now ready to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season.
According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have already tabled a four-year contract to Asensio with a salary of €4.8 million per year.
It represents a slight increase in his current wages, which stand at around €4.5 million per season. However, Asensio’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is unlikely to accept these terms and is seeking a deal worth €6 million-a-year net.
The Portuguese super-agent will push for at least €5.5 million per season, but Real Madrid are unlikely to exceed the €5 million mark as per the report.
This is because Los Blancos believe that Asensio will never be a guaranteed starter at the club and they do not want to splurge heavily on a squad player.
The winger, for his part, has always maintained that he wants to stay at Real Madrid. But he is also seeking a prominent role and a bigger payday. If that is the case, a move away from the club could be the way forward for the ex-Mallorca star.
PSG were said to have tried signing him in the January window, and would be willing to offer him a €15 million signing bonus in the summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A would also be interested in Asensio’s situation.
So, the ball is in the winger’s court now and it is upto him to decide whether he opts to accept the proposal tabled by Real Madrid or looks for a new challenge away from the Bernabeu.