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Real Madrid winger still on Barcelona’s radar as contract nears expiry



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Marco Asensio’s Real Madrid future continues to be up in the air as his contract closes in on expiry. Indeed, the 26-year-old’s current deal with Los Blancos stands to run down at the end of the ongoing campaign and a renewal is not yet agreed upon.

In the initial parts of the campaign, it almost looked certain that Real Madrid will let the winger leave as a free agent, as wage demands had led to contract talks falling through.

But, the former RCD Mallorca ace regained prominence within Carlo Ancelotti’s plans during the period just before the World Cup break, leading to speculations that Real Madrid will look to hand him a new deal and prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, with a resolution yet to be reached, Asensio’s future is still up in the air and according to Diari ARA, Barcelona have not lost sight of the 26-year-old and could target him as a possible replacement for Ousmane Dembele.

The Frenchman will enter the final year of his contract at Camp Nou next summer when his €50 million release clause also becomes active. While the Blaugrana want to retain him, they are keeping possible replacements ready with Asensio on their radar.

The Real Madrid winger has previously flirted with a possible move to Barça with his comments in the media, although he later backtracked on those.

The fact that his agent, Jorge Mendes, has close ties with Barcelona president Joan Laporta serves to fuel the speculations further as well.

It, however, remains to be seen whether there is any serious interest from the Catalans in acquiring the Real Madrid ace. Also, whether they can afford his wages, given their Financial Fair Play situation, also remains a big question.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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