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Real Madrid striker will travel to US one day late after omission from pre-season squad



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Earlier today, Real Madrid released their 28-man squad list for the pre-season tour in the United States. The manager called up almost all the available first-team players but the name of Borja Mayoral was excluded.

According to Arancha Rodrigues of COPE, the player will indeed be a part of Los Blancos’ pre-season but will directly join them in Los Angeles one day late.

The reason for his exclusion from the squad list is that Mayoral cannot travel until the 21st of July. The forward only received his second dose of the COVID vaccine on July 8 and at least 14 days must pass before he is permitted to travel overseas to the United States.

Carlo Ancelotti views the striker as a solid backup for Karim Benzema and has him in his plans for next season. However, his future is still in the air.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Borja Mayoral’s future depended on the situation of Mariano Diaz. The Spaniard will be on the departure list if the Dominican Republic international decides against leaving this summer.

The 25-year-old striker has almost continuously been on loan moves since 2016, with his most recent stint being at Getafe. He played in 18 league games for the La Liga side, scoring six goals and providing one assist.

There is little doubt that the Real Madrid academy product is highly talented. However, Ancelotti does not wish to keep two backups for the same position, placing his future in jeopardy.

Needless to say, Mayoral will have a chance to cement his place in the squad through impressive performances in the pre-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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