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Transfers: Real Madrid will listen to offers for €40 million-rated defender

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Marcelo Viera defined an era at left-back for Real Madrid. The Brazilian had his name engraved in stone in the starting lineup for several years until age caught up with him in his final years at the club.

With the club legend now no longer a part of the dynamics, Carlo Ancelotti must restore order in the left-back department. As it stands, there are two contenders to take over the duties – Ferland Mendy and David Alaba.

According to reports from Relevo, the Austrian international is Ancelotti’s first choice to start at left-back for the coming season. Meanwhile, Ferland Mendy’s future at the club is far from guaranteed.

Los Blancos are willing to part ways with the Frenchman and are listening to offers. If an interesting proposal arrives on the table, he will leave the club this summer. However, if Mendy stays, he will compete with Alaba for a starting spot.

In the event of the Frenchman’s transfer, Real Madrid eye two options to take his place. Fran Garcia has been on the agenda for several months now after his successful spell at Rayo Vallecano. He would be available for a fee of €10 million but the figure could reduce by half during negotiations.

The other option on the table is Miguel Gutierrez, who is looking for a loan in the first division. He currently plays for Real Madrid Castilla and could become a serious option if his defensive numbers improve.

It is not surprising that Ancelotti counts on Alaba as his primary option. Though the former Bayern Munich player performed exquisitely at centre-back for the team last season, his natural position is at left-back.

With Antonio Rudiger set to take up responsibilities alongside Eder Miltao next season, the idea of reverting Alaba to his natural role could reap solid rewards for the Champions of Europe. At the same time, it would close the curtains for Mendy at the club.

In 22 league appearances for Real Madrid last season, the Frenchman scored two goals and provided just one assist. He oversaw five clean sheets and averaged close to seven defensive actions per game.

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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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