Marco Asensio’s future is uncertain because his contract has only one year left on it and he has yet to negotiate an extension. He recently said that he wants to start more games, but given how little he contributes aside from the rare goal, Fede Valverde and Rodrygo are very certain to be ahead of him in the pecking order next season.
As a result, the former Mallorca midfielder may be forced to leave the club. If that happens, Real Madrid might replace him with one of these five players…
Sadio Mane (#1)
This is my personal favorite option. Mane’s Liverpool contract expires in a year, and he is expected to depart the club, according to several trustworthy sources. The Senegalese is 30 years old and still has a few years left in him to play terrific football.
He can play in all three offensive positions, which makes him a fantastic signing in and of itself. He adds a lot of depth to the team, but his age ensures he won’t go in the way of Rodrygo’s advancement at Real Madrid.
Riyad Mahrez is ranked second.
When it comes to left-footed right-wingers, Riyad Mahrez is possibly the best in the world right now. The Algerian international is one of the finest technical players in the world, so he’d jump right into LaLiga like a duck.
He wouldn’t be as expensive because he just has a year left on his current contract. And, like Mane, Mahrez is in his 30s, so he wouldn’t get in the way of Rodrygo’s advancement. If anything, the Brazilian might learn a thing or two from the former Leicester City star when it comes to cutting in from the right.
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Real Madrid has two options at this position: Peter Federico and Sergio Arribas. The former is a more natural right-winger, while the later is more mature and developed. Ancelotti gave Peter a chance early in the season, but the Italian may have forgotten about him after that.
Meanwhile, Arribas never really had a chance under Ancelotti, but he had a fantastic season with Castilla under Raul, scoring 15 goals and assisting seven times in 36 league appearances. He appears to be the Castilla’s most ‘first-team ready’ player, and next season might be the year he gets his chance to show what he’s made of.
Finally, both are academy graduates, which adds to Madridismo’s pride.
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At this stage, the former Arsenal sensation appears to be the frontrunner to join the Galacticos. He appears to be the safest investment of all the players featured here. He’s still young, but he’s already established, and he may have a resale value if the club decides to keep him a couple of years down the road.
The sole disadvantage of this move is Rodrygo’s advancement, as Gnabry is nearly certain to start ahead of the Brazilian. But, on the other hand, rigorous competition brings out the best in victors, so this may be beneficial to Rodrygo as well.