Less than six hours remain for Real Madrid to step out for the final of the UEFA Champions League in Paris. After securing domestic glory with a dominant lead, the club eye the pinnacle of world football as the perfect end to what has been a phenomenal season.
Needless to say, all the focus is now on the game against Liverpool, and all important decisions and announcements have been postponed in view of the same. One such matter pushed to a future date is the negotiations with Aurelien Tchouameni.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano Real Madrid will focus on the Frenchman’s deal after the final later today. They know about his preference to join them, and will use the same to their advantage.
AS Monaco demand close to €80 million for their midfield star. The primary aim of negotiations will be to bring down that figure and reach common ground.
PSG and Liverpool are amongst the other clubs interested in his signing, but will both have to play the waiting game to see what pans out between the player and Real Madrid.
Ever since Kylian Mbappe rejected a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, Tchouameni has become a primary target for the club.
While his consistent performances are one factor responsible for him climbing up the wishlist, the sudden availability of funds has been the more important factor.
All signs indicate that the Frenchman will don white next season, playing as a backup to Casemiro. Alongside Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde, he will be the face of Real Madrid’s future midfield.
The Frenchman has not only three goals and two assists to his name in Ligue 1 this season but also averages close to 14 defensive actions per game, making him one of Monaco’s most important players.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
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.