Even though Real Madrid lost out on the signings of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, there is a sense amongst Madridistas that a move for either superstar forward could be made in the near future.
However, a fresh revelation has suggested that completing a deal for either player is not as easy as it has been made out.
As per a report by MARCA, Real Madrid do not expect to merely sign either Mbappe or Haaland in a few years’ time.
For instance, in the case of the latter, the Spanish club do not feel they will merely pounce at the chance to sign him, regardless of the clauses in his current contract to make a potential deal possible.
This stance stems from the fact that Carlo Ancelotti’s side firmly believe that any deal should be ‘clear and affordable’ for them to pursue in the near future. They will not put their transfer plans on hold to sign either of the pair if they seem that a deal could be unfeasible.
In the summer of 2022, it seemed as if the club were hell-bent on signing either Kylian Mbappe or Haaland.
Los Blancos’ attempts to win the race to sign Haaland also went in vain, with Manchester City’s project convincing him to put pen to paper.
As for Mbappe, in particular, a move seemed inevitable, till the 23-year-old made a drastic U-turn by extending his contract with PSG.
Hence, the club ultimately ended up bringing in no forward in the transfer window. As a result, the dependence on Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. to score goals and win matches singlehandedly remains huge this season.
Keeping this in mind, Real Madrid could be set for a change in strategy, as putting all their eggs in one basket cost them heavy this summer.
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.