Midway through the season, Real Madrid’s form has seen a dip leading to questions over the lack of quality and depth in some positions of the squad.
A new left-back will very much be on the club’s agenda for the summer due to the fact that Ferland Mendy remains the only option at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal.
However, it has also been suggested that Los Blancos could look for a new right-back as well, as indicated by their recent enquiry for Benjamin Pavard of Bayern Munich.
However, MARCA is now reporting that Real Madrid will not go for a new right-back in the summer.
As things stand, Ancelotti has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as his first and second choice for the right-back slot, respectively.
And, as per the report, Real Madrid retain complete faith in Carvajal and Vazquez to bear the weight next season as well. Furthermore, it is claimed that the Merengues will turn to their academy if the need arises.
The likes of Vinicius Tobias, Alex Jimenez, and Jesus Fortea all have profiles that could be of use to Ancelotti on the aforementioned front, and the manager will look to give them a chance to prove their worth.
For the time being, Carvajal holds the regular starting spot at the club with Vazquez acting as a more than able deputy. With the latter currently injured, Tobias could explode onto the scene immediately as Carvajal’s backup. Should he make an impression, the youngster’s loan move could be made permanent.
This also means that the likes of Pedro Porro, Malo Gusto, and Joao Cancelo, who was linked very recently, are off the table. Instead, Los Blancos would invest their resources in Jude Bellingham, a left-back and possibly a centre-forward.
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.