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Real Madrid winger ‘tempted’ by Aston Villa offer as he decides to leave club

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The offices of Real Madrid have been patiently waiting for replies from Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos, and Nacho Fernandez over the renewal proposals presented to them. With every passing day, however, the trio move one step further away from staying at Santiago Bernabeu.

The midfielder has been known to be contemplating a move away from the club for a long time now. Ceballos has been in open negotiations with several European clubs for weeks now and a departure appears imminent.

According to reports from MARCA, Marco Asensio is treading the same path.

In a meeting earlier today between Jose Angel Sanchez and the winger’s entourage, it became clear that the Spaniard is closer to leaving than staying. A final decision is expected in the next week.

A few weeks ago, the forward’s continuity at the club appeared secure, given his newfound resurgence under Carlo Ancelotti. Yet, Asensio’s biggest hurdle around an extension has always been the lack of a starting role, and the same reason could form the basis of his exit.

The report further adds that one of the primary reasons behind the forward’s vacillation over signing a new deal is the offer from Aston Villa. Unai Emery’s side have put forth a proposal that tempts the player and entices him to take a step towards a move to England.

Despite not being a regular starter this season, the 27-year-old has made a serious impact on Real Madrid’s run across all competitions.

In 30 league appearances, he has scored nine goals and provided six assists so far this term. Further, he averages 1.4 key passes per game and has created nine big chances.

Los Blancos may be forced to turn to the transfer market in search of a new winger if Asensio confirms his decision to leave next week. After all, Carlo Ancelotti will face a dire shortage of forward options on the bench if the Spanish international were to depart.

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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack

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Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.

Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.

Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.

Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.

According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.

The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.

Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.

On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.

With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.

It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.

It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.

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