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Real Madrid winger among players Barcelona will discuss with superagent – report



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According to a report from Gerard Romero, Barcelona president Joan Laporta and director Mateu Alemany have flown to Porto where they will meet superagent Jorge Mendes.

The journalist states that the Blaugrana will discuss several players with the Portuguese agent, with Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio also said to be on the agenda.

Asensio is set to become a free agent this summer as his contract with Los Blancos stands to expire on June 30.

Talks over a renewal are understood to have been held but without much success as the Spanish forward is hoping for a bigger pay packet than the €4 million per yer deal that the club is offering.

Amidst all this, Barcelona have emerged as a possible suitor for Asensio for the summer. The Blaugrana had tried to sign him from RCD Mallorca before his move to Real Madrid.

Now that he could be available for free, there seems to be some degree of interest in acquiring his services in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Reports have already claimed that Asensio has been offered to Barcelona by Mendes, and the 27-year-old Spanish international will be among the players that the two parties will discuss during their meeting in Porto today.

Asensio, for his part, has maintained that he wants to prolong his stay at Real Madrid. However, much will depend on who among the two parties are willing to move their stance in contract negotiations so that an agreement can be finalised.

If it does not happen, a move to Barcelona could be a strong possibility considering their interest in Asensio and Mendes’ strong relationship with the Catalan club’s president, Laporta.

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Real Madrid held talks with Thomas Tuchel before he signed for Bayern Munich



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Before he was hired by Bayern Munich as the direct replacement for Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The German tactician had kept a close eye on the development at Santiago Bernabeu, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing immense pressure following the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions.

A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered more details on the Tuchel saga, suggesting that the coach was even learning Spanish during his time at Ibiza, anticipating a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

There were even contacts made between Tuchel’s entourage and Real Madrid. Although the talks were positive, the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.

Real Madrid did not guarantee him the job. They had informed Tuchel that Ancelotti may continue at the Bernabeu in the event the club win the UEFA Champions League this season.

This bit of uncertainty played a critical role in convincing Tuchel to join Bayern Munich instead. The former Chelsea boss was hired as a direct replacement for Nagelsmann, who was sacked after a poor season in the Bundesliga by the club’s high standards.

However, Tuchel’s move to Bayern appears to be a missed opportunity on the German’s part, as Real Madrid have recently intensified their search for a new manager.

It is clear that the club’s hierarchy is yet to reach a consensus over the future of Ancelotti, with some believing that a change is necessary come the end of the season. In fact, the club’s president Florentino Perez has been an admirer of Tuchel’s compatriot Nagelsmann.

The coaching prodigy is one of the candidates to replace Ancelotti in the summer, though it is Mauricio Pochettion who is reportedly leading the race so far.

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