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Real Madrid winger a free transfer target for Barcelona, AC Milan for 2023 – report

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In three more days, Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio will be eligible to discuss a pre-contract agreement over a free transfer with any club of his desire.

The 26-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and is yet to ink a new deal with the reigning champions of Spain and Europe. And the coming months will be critical with regard to his future.

Asensio has been at Real Madrid for over six years now and even though injuries stalled his progress, the winger has shown that he can be a valuable member of the team over the past 16-18 months.

After all, the Spaniard scored 12 goals last season and has already been involved in six goals (3G, 3A) in the ongoing campaign despite seeing reduced involvement.

According to Mundo Deportivo, nothing has been decided regarding Asensio’s future as of yet. The winger will have to choose between the offer that Real Madrid present and other interested parties table for him in the coming months.

And, as per the report, Los Blancos’ arch-rivals Barcelona are among the suitors for the Spanish international, along with Italian champions AC Milan.

The interest from Milan is not new, as Asensio had been linked with a move to San Siro in the summer transfer window as well. Transfer chief Paolo Maldini is a self-admitted fan of the winger’s abilities and the Rossoneri could make a move for him next year if he is available for free.

As for Barcelona, the rumours of them being interested have been doing rounds in recent months. Asensio himself has flirted with the idea of moving to Camp Nou with some of his comments in the past.

And they are continuing to keep tabs on the 26-year-old in case he becomes available for a free transfer next year.

Asensio was in good form prior to the World Cup and put on some impressive performances in Qatar. If he continues to do so once the season resumes, Real Madrid could make an offer for him. But whether the Merengues would be willing to meet his agent Jorge Mendes’ demands remains to be seen.

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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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