On Friday night, reports emerged claiming that Arsenal were plotting a loan move for Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga in the ongoing January transfer window.
The Gunners have been very active in the market of late, having signed Leandro Trossard while also pushing for the captures of Jakub Kiwior and Ivan Fresneda. And Camavinga, too, has emerged as a possible target for Mikel Arteta’s Premier League leaders.
However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid have no intention whatsoever to let Camavinga leave the club this month.
The Italian journalist adds that Los Blancos intend to continue with the same squad at least until the end of the season. He further adds that the club retain total faith in Camavinga and see him as an important player for the present and the future.
This coincides with claims from COPE (h/t Madrid Xtra), which state that the reigning Spanish and European champions see the 20-year-old youngster as ‘untouchable’ and have no desire to let him leave the club midway through the season, even if it would be only on a loan deal.
Real Madrid signed Camavinga in the summer of 2021 from Rennes but manager Carlo Ancelotti was very measured and cautious in his usage of the youngster in his debut season.
But, the young Frenchman made some valuable contributions towards the end of the 2021/22 campaign, helping Real Madrid win La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Camavinga, however, has seen his game-time continue to be restricted this season as well. Even when he has started, Ancelotti has been quick to take the 20-year-old off. The Italian tactician has subbed the midfielder off at half-time on as many as seven occasions already.
With Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Federico Valverde ahead of him in the pecking order, Arsenal are looking to capitalise on his situation by taking him on loan.
The report from COPE clarifies that Real Madrid do not intend to let Camavinga leave, while also stating that they have not received any request from Arsenal for the 20-year-old either.
So, there will be no exit for the Frenchman this month as Real Madrid look to successfully defend their domestic and European titles.
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.