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Ancelotti gives a status report on the £35 million Newcastle target transfer

Following news that Newcastle United wants to recruit the Spanish international, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said he is doubtful about Marco Asensio's future this summer.

The 26-year-old winger is still in the Italian’s plans for now, but things might change later in the transfer window should a bid come in for Asensio. Newcastle is allegedly interested in the Los Blancos’ first-round La Liga matchup against Almeria this weekend.

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Asensio has been linked to a number of teams this summer, including Newcastle United and Arsenal. However, no formal bids have yet been made for the Mallorca-born attacker, who Real Madrid apparently values at £35 million. 

Asensio is likely to stay at Madrid for the upcoming campaign despite Newcastle’s interest in the striker given Madrid’s solid financial position and Ancelotti’s frequent use of the forward in both the starting lineup and the bench. 

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Despite the lack of depth at the position, Eddie Howe has been unable to add a new forward for Newcastle. If a late bid for the 26-year-old attacker is made in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window, Asensio may be moving this summer.

He is a Madrid player, and I view him as such, the Madrid manager declared. If he is deserving of playing, he will. You must keep in mind the goals he scored and his actions from the previous campaign. We’ll have to wait till the 31st to find out what transpires and what he decides. 

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Asensio has been a staple of the Madrid squad for the better part of six years. During his tenure with Los Blancos, he won three UEFA Champions League titles in addition to three La Ligas. Despite this success and the winger’s regular appearances for the Spanish powerhouses, Newcastle may be better off choosing another player this summer than the forward.

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Newcastle does indeed have the financial resources to meet Asensio’s demands regarding salary and price, but given what Howe actually needs from a new forward, the English manager could find a much better fit for the Toon at a much lower cost than the financial package used to bring the Spaniard to the northeast.

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