The cases of Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos are the most delicate and the most uncertain this summer at Real Madrid.
Florentino Perez made it crystal clear on set at El Chiringuito mid-last week that now is the time for Real Madrid to focus on departures, be it sales or loans. The Madrid club must downsize its workforce following the arrivals of Tchouaméni and Rudiger but also loan returns.
Asensio and Ceballos for sale?
In recent days, Real Madrid has been working on the departure on loan of Luka Jovic and the Serbian striker is announced relatively close to Fiorentina. Negotiations are open as indicated by several concordant sources but Real will have to agree to keep part of his salary at his expense for this to succeed.
But on the side of Madrid, two players particularly attract attention: Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos. Like Nacho and Karim Benzema, their contract with Real Madrid will end in June 2023 but while there is no doubt about the continuity of the latter two, doubt remains when it comes to the two Spaniards.
This season, Marco Asensio finished as third top scorer in Carlo Ancelotti’s side while Dani Ceballos has done well in the rotation over the last few months of the competition. Both men have their sights set on the World Cup and both are looking for stability and regular playing time.
According to Marca, there are real chances that both players will leave Real Madrid this summer. The club is still waiting to know their positions and to date they have not received any extension offers, according to the Madrid daily.
So, for now, they are listening to offers and agents are testing the market. There is talk of an interest from Real Betis for Ceballos and from several clubs, including AC Milan, for Marco Asensio.
One thing is certain, Real will not give any gift this summer because its finances are healthy and its balance still positive despite the arrivals of Rudiger and Tchouaméni. Unlike in previous years, Real then have no sales target this summer as the departures of Isco, Bale and Marcelo have reduced the club’s wage bill.