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Sources: Barcelona president wants PSG to knock out Real Madrid in the UCL

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Real Madrid are set to host Paris Saint-Germain later this evening, hoping to overturn a one-goal deficit. It is a must-win encounter for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, especially given how the club have underperformed in the Champions League in recent years.

While Kylian Mbappe remains a doubt heading into the fixture, Barcelona fans will be keeping a close eye on the encounter, as former stars Lionel Messi and Neymar travel to Santiago Bernabeu, hoping to dislodge Los Blancos from the Champions League.

Speaking ahead of the game, Neymar has revealed that he was close to joining Real Madrid when he was 13. But the Brazilian later confessed his love to Barcelona.

According to MARCA, Joan Laporta was heard reacting to tonight’s game. It appears the Barcelona president is rooting for a PSG victory over the Whites.

However, the 59-year-old doesn’t want Les Parisiens to lift the UEFA Champions League title come May.

The Parisian juggernaut have famously never lifted the coveted tournament, even under the QSI era. They notably reached the final under Thomas Tuchel in 2020 but were narrowly beaten by Bayern Munich.

Nevertheless, PSG remain one of the favourites to lift the Champions League this term, along with Bayern and the four English clubs.

Real Madrid, though, will be looking to put an end to their aspirations, as Ancelotti and co. look to overturn the slender lead. A 2-0 victory at the Bernabeu should be enough to book a place in the quarterfinals.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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