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Real Madrid weighing up a move for La Liga winger with €60 million release clause
Following their disappointing defeat to Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, Real Madrid are looking to make some changes in the summer as far as their roster is concerned.
A new striker to provide cover and competition for Karim Benzema is likely to be a priority, along with Jude Bellingham, and a new full-back.
Beyond that, according to a report from journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin on El Debate, Real Madrid could also explore the market for a new winger, with Villarreal speedster Samuel Chukwueze emerging as a possible target.
The right flank has been somewhat of a concern for Real Madrid despite Rodrygo’s impressive displays. The Brazilian is not a natural wide player and tends to operate better while drifting inside.
So, it might be a good idea for Carlo Ancelotti & co. to bring in someone like Chukwueze, who would add a different dimension to their attacking line from the right wing.
The 23-year-old Nigerian international is enjoying a fine season, having racked up 13 goals and 11 assists from 46 appearances in all competitions. He put in a brilliant performance against Real Madrid last month, scoring a brace in Villarreal’s 3-2 win.
As such, Los Blancos have been impressed by Chukwueze and are considering a move for him in the summer.
The Nigerian international’s current contract with the Yellow Submarines runs until 2024 and has a release clause worth €60 million.
As per the report, if Real Madrid were to act on their interest in him, they would look to offer a player as part of the operation to reduce the transfer fee.
With Real Madrid hoping to part ways with Eden Hazard and Mariano Diaz, and Marco Asensio’s continuity still not guaranteed, adding another forward would make sense and Chukwueze, given his age and proven pedigree in La Liga, can be a solid option.
But whether the Merengues are willing to go after the Villarreal ace especially after planning a huge outlay on Bellingham remains to be seen.
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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.