After months of speculation, the transfer window finally opened last week. The first few days has already seen Real Madrid sign two world-class players in Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger. The developments continue to come hard and fast.
Marco Asensio is one of those players whose future is uncertain. While his renewal is still a realistic possibility, there is a more than equal chance of him departing the Spanish capital in June.
According to reports from Anton Meana (h/t Madrid Xtra), Los Blancos have offered him a new contract that will see him at the Santiago Bernabeu for the foreseeable future. However, it is said that the economics of the new contract are the same as the existing one.
Real Madrid are not willing to award the youngster any pay raise at the moment. However, Asensio believes that he deserves more and wants more importance in the team dynamics next season.
The 26-year-old’s contract with Real Madrid runs until June 2023. With just over a year left on his deal, either a renewal or a transfer is seen as a priority by Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
If Asensio decides to leave the club, he will fancy a shot at the Premier League. Arsenal and Manchester United have displayed their interest in the winger and could look to land him in the coming weeks.
However, if the player accepts Real Madrid’s proposal, he will have to fight it out with Rodrygo and earn his place in the starting XI once again.
In 31 league appearances for the men in white last season, Asensio scored ten goals. However, it is his inconsistency that has raised the eyebrows of several fans across the world.
Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report
Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.
The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.
Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.
This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.
Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia
Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.
With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.
This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.
Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.
What are Ancelotti’s other options?
Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.
The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.
Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.
Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.