The evident debate regarding the reinforcement of the current roster has gathered steam within the Barcelona management so much so that a certain Marco Asensio is now being considered despite the fact that fortifying the wide areas is not a priority.
According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, the Real Madrid winger is still been looked upon as one alluring candidate mostly because his current contract expires at the end of the season and the team from the capital city are undecided on offering an extension.
For that very reason, Asensio’s name has been linked with Barcelona, and it must be remembered that even the player, himself, has not ruled out the possibility of making a switch to his team’s title rivals.
At Barça, there is an internal debate going on regarding Asensio’s availability and in that regard, the team from Catalonia is looking into every possible outcome.
To begin with, signing a player from a direct title rival on a free transfer would pose some kind of dominance. Secondly, at just 26 years of age, he is someone who can make a difference immediately and in the future. And the only fee Barcelona would have to pay for his acquisition would be the signing bonus.
On the other hand, the management is giving deep thought to whether or not his signing is a necessity, mostly because there are other areas that need reinforcing. First up, signing a right-back is the utmost priority.
Then comes the urge to sign a pivot mostly because Sergio Busquets is most likely to leave at the end of the season. Lastly, an understudy of Robert Lewandowski is something that will be a necessity next season.
So in all fairness, acquiring a winger is at the bottom of Barcelona’s agenda at the moment. But in any way, there are some factors that work in Barcelona’s favour when it comes to signing Asensio, as he contributes a lot.
He is a player who is not afraid of taking chances, meaning that his conversation rate from medium to long range is pretty decent. This is something that Barcelona are missing this season.
Furthermore, the player is represented by Jorge Mendes and the Portuguese agent shares a close working relationship with Joan Laporta.
Now, there are still chances that he might continue at Madrid, given that the team is pondering the option of a new three-year deal. But if not, he would seemingly be welcomed at Barcelona.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.