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Real Madrid striker’s agent denies interest from Celta Vigo: “No news, no offer”



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Real Madrid’s pursuit for a new striker is heavily dependent on the exit operations in the department. Carlo Ancelotti does not want multiple backups for the same positions, and the departure of deadwood is seen as the priority.

Mariano Diaz and Borja Mayoral are both on the exit list, but it is the former who is under more pressure to leave. Earlier this week, Celta Vigo were said to be interested in the Dominican, but the situation seems to have changed.

Mariano’s agent provided an important update on his client’s future. When asked about the Galician club as a destination for the striker, he outright denied the possibility.

“Nobody from Celta contacted me, there is no news or offer,” he was quoted as saying by Jose Padilla.

While Celta have been interested in the striker for a long time, the financial aspect is complicating the deal. Mariano is on a relatively high salary that the Galicians refuse to pay at the moment.

The new development could either be a true reflection of the situation or a ploy by the player’s agent to improve the terms of the deal. As it stands, it would appear as though the former is more probable.

Last season, the 29-year-old made nine league appearances for Real Madrid, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process. Since his return to the club four years ago, Mariano has failed to cross the 10-goal mark.

Nevertheless, it is now the top priority for Los Blancos to seal the forward’s exit. Timo Werner is best placed to replace Mariano after his departure but names like Jonathan Burkadt are also on the list.

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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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