As speculations continue to mount on the future of Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana has come up with a fresh update on the contract situation of the Spaniard.
As per the journalist (h/t Madrid Zone), Asensio and Real Madrid are currently in talks over a new contract. But the 27-year-old is seeking more money than what is being offered as well as a more prominent role within the team.
The Spaniard’s current contract runs out in June, leading to links with a summer exit as a free agent. Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona, have been touted as a possible suitor for the winger, thanks to their relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes.
Asensio had held contract talks with the club in the summer, but they did not end well due to the disparity in wages being demanded and offered.
And, as things stand, it seems like the issue still remains with the aforementioned report stating that the Spanish international is seeking a bigger contract than what has been offered by the club.
At the same time, Asensio is also keen on having a more prominent role in Carlo Ancelotti’s plan. As things stand, the winger is behind Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and even Federico Valverde in the manager’s order of preference.
With Brahim Diaz set to return to the club in the summer, Asensio risks falling down the pecking order by one more peg.
At 27, he is in his prime years and it is understandable that the attacker wants to play more regularly than he has of late.
But, as he revealed last week, Asensio remains keen on staying put at the Santiago Bernabeu, as he said: “Things are being discussed, we’ll see where it goes. I’m focused on myself and the next game. Hopefully, everything will come to fruition.
“I want to renew and stay at Madrid for a long time, but it’s not something that depends only on me. For me, the most important thing is sporting matters and being happy.”
With talks being held, it remains to be seen whether Real Madrid and Asensio are able to reach a middle ground and strike an agreement over a new contract.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.