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Real Madrid want to sign 2-3 senior stars in the summer – report
Real Madrid are bracing themselves for a crucial summer ahead as they look to not only address the contract situation of some of the stars but also sign new players that can strengthen the team.
According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid have kickstarted their preparation for the season ahead and as part of their plans, the club go after at least two or three senior players.
There is no dearth of experienced stars in the current Real Madrid squad. The likes of Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Nacho Fernandez and Luka Modric all play a critical role in the first team.
However, the continuity of these players has been questioned in recent times. While Nacho is reportedly considering leaving Santiago Bernabeu in the summer due to lack of game-time, both Modric and Benzema have been courted by Saudi Arabian clubs.
Kroos, too, has been flirting with the idea of early retirement. Therefore, Real Madrid are open to signing experienced players in the coming summer that can either replace the existing stars or complement the new-look squad.
In recent years, Real Madrid have been able to maintain an excellent balance between experience and youth. Not to mention, they have enjoyed success investing in senior players such as Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba, with Rudiger, in particular, impressing everyone at Bernabeu in his maiden season at the club.
While it must be noted that Real Madrid have been primarily linked with moves for youngsters such as Jude Bellingham, Josko Gvardiol and Gabri Veiga, it will be interesting to see what measures Real Madrid take, if they are to go after senior stars in the coming summer.
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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season
Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.
Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.
According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.
Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.
After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.
Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.
The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.
However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.
Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.