Real Madrid are set for a busy summer ahead, as the club’s hierarchy looks to undergo a massive squad overhaul and lay the foundation for the future era.
Naturally, the club are expected to offload multiple fringe players in the setup, and the list may even include Marco Asensio following the Spaniard’s struggles in the first team.
However, according to a report from Diario AS, Real Madrid would like to keep hold of certain individuals in order to assert some balance in the team, and three players in line to receive a contract extension are Luka Modric, Vinicius Junior and Eder Militao.
Both Militao and Vinicius are considered core members of the Real Madrid team, having established themselves as first-team regulars this season.
Vinicius has been the pick of the lot, having been involved in 35 goals in all competitions this season.
Militao, too, has built a formidable defensive partnership alongside David Alaba, helping Los Blancos emerge as the favourite to reclaim the league title and reach the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League.
Both the players are set to receive three-year contract extensions with a significant pay raise that will guarantee their future in the Spanish capital. Another player in contention to receive a renewal is Luka Modric.
Despite being 36, the Croatian international has maintained a high level of consistency in his game and has been the beating heart of the Real Madrid midfield. He has been involved in 38 matches this term, adding creative brilliance and technicality in the middle of the park.
Modric’s current contract expires at the end of the season, but Real Madrid would like to keep him at Santiago Bernabeu for at least another season.
The club’s policy entails they can only offer one-year extensions to players aged above 30, so the veteran may have to wait another season, should he want to continue to his future at the Bernabeu.
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.