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Real Madrid will offer a new contract to winger during World Cup break

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Marco Asensio had a rough start to the 2022-23 season, with Carlo Ancelotti restricting him to the bench for the first phase of the season. However, the Spaniard has seemingly turned his situation around in recent weeks. 

According to reports from Sergio Santos. Real Madrid will offer Asensio a contract extension during the World Cup break later this month. The club are in a hurry and want to renew the forward’s contract before January so he is not able to negotiate with any club for the summer. 

The sudden surge in value for the winger’s stocks comes as a result of his string of impressive performances in recent games. Asensio has scored two goals and provided two assists in his last five games. When Los Blancos faced Celtic last midweek, it was the 26-year-old who shone on the field with an involvement in the build-up of all five goals. 

The player’s contract runs out this summer and he will be a free agent come June. While Real Madrid were interested in renewing him last summer, talks broke down after Asensio demanded a pay rise on his new deal which the club felt was unwarranted. 

It remains to be seen if the proposal put forth later this month features a bump in salary or if the player has compromised on the same. Nevertheless, his potential continuity comes as great news for Ancelotti as Asensio can be a lethal weapon both as a starter and as a substitute. 

The 26-year-old could be in line to start when Real Madrid play Rayo Vallecano later today, especially given Karim Benzema’s absence through injury.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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