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Tottenham rival Italian giants for Real Madrid ace; already in touch with agent

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Tottenham are vying with AC Milan for the signing of Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, according to reports.

Tottenham’s impressive front three put on a show during their 4-0 rout at Aston Villa on Saturday. Heung-min Son got a hat-trick, Dejan Kulusevski joined him on the scoresheet and got an assist, while Harry Kane registered two assists of his own.

Their form could take Antonio Conte’s side into the Champions League. The north London outfit have usurped Arsenal as the favourites to gain fourth spot.

Despite the deadly nature of Son, Kulusevski and Kane, Tottenham may add to Conte’s forward options this summer.

Club chiefs are looking into the prospect of capturing Paulo Dybala, who will leave Juventus at the end of June. But he is not the only attacker in their sights, as Spain international Asensio joins him on Spurs’ wish list.

Marco Asensio prepares for Real Madrid exit

According to BBC Sport, who cite Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, the right winger is gearing up to leave Real Madrid in the summer.

His contract expires in 2023 and this will be one of Real’s last chances to make some money on him. Asensio will also fall down the pecking order if Kylian Mbappe arrives in Madrid, so he sees his future elsewhere.

As such, Spurs and Milan both have hopes of capturing the 26-year-old.

The original report provides more detail on their pursuit. Mundo Deportivo state the two clubs made contact with Asensio’s representatives last summer.

Asensio was happy with the transfer interest but opted to remain at Real to work under legendary manager Carlo Ancelotti.

While the Italian has given Asensio 35 appearances this term, he rarely gets the chance to complete a full 90 minutes. This is due to competition from the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

With this in mind, Spurs and Milan are preparing to re-open talks with Asensio and his agent.

The report doesn’t reveal how much it will take to prize the 26-cap international away from Real. transfermarkt value him at £36million, but with his contract running down it shouldn’t take this much to agree a deal.

READ MORE: Tottenham given mountain to climb if they’re to grant Conte wish with perfect £42m transfer

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25-year-old likely to leave Sheffield United this summer

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Oliver Burke has struggled at Sheffield United this season and has found it hard to get game time, playing just three Championship games for the Blades this season, he went to Millwall for the second half of the season where he scored two goals in 14 appearances.

After his short loan spell at the Lions in which he impressed, it was reported that Gary Rowett was interested in bringing the player to the Den on a permanent basis.

However, regardless of whether or not that happens, Yorkshire Live claim that Burke is likely to depart Bramall Lane anyway.

The striker sees his contract with the Blades expire next summer so if they can, United will be hoping to get a fee for the player but they will have to hope someone is willing to pay for him given the fact he has struggled over the past number of years to perform consistently.

Burke has found it hard to kick on ever since his multi-million pound move from Nottingham Forest to RB Leipzig back in 2016, and has scored no more than four league goals in a season.

However, having played for eight clubs across the last eight years can’t help either, so he’ll be keen to find a settled home where he can enjoy his football and get his career back on the right trajectory.

The Verdict: 

It’s not a massive surprise to see that Burke is likely to be leaving the club this summer as it’s clear that he is not in favour with Paul Heckingbottom, after being brought into the club by Chris Wilder back in the 2020/21 season in the Premier League.

Furthermore, it seems clear that this is a decision that fits both parties as the 25-year-old will be keen to go somewhere he can play regular first team football, whilst Heckingbottom will be keen to strengthen his side in the hope of achieving promotion next season.

After a good start to life with Millwall, Burke will no doubt be hoping they are a side that come in for the player as he may feel like that could be a natural move for him.

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“It’s changed to David Alaba” – Award-winning Super Eagles star reveals role-model shift from Messi, Ronaldo to Real Madrid defender

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The three superstars are among the best players in the world in their positions, and a Nigerian international has viewed them as his idols at different times of his career

Rangers defender Calvin Bassey has revealed how shifts in his position have changed his role models from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to Real Madrid ace David Alaba.

Bassey revealed that he started in a more advanced role as a kid and, at the time, looked to base his game on the legendary attacking duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Super Eagles star has, however, seen a gradual shift towards a more defensive role, excelling at centre-back, left-back, and wing-back for Rangers.

And the 22-year-old has confessed that such development has made him look towards former Bayern Munich defender David Alaba as an inspiration.

“It changed over the years as my position changed,” Bassey said [YouTube].

“I started off as a winger so probably Ronaldo and Messi, but now it’s changed a bit to David Alaba.

“He plays a similar position to me, left-back and centre-half, and he’s a top-quality player.”

Bassey also opened up on his future ambitions, as he made it clear that his dream is to win as many trophies as possible at the club and international level.

The Nigerian international states it would be a dream to test himself against some of the best in the world while at it.

“My dream, obviously, is to win trophies.

“I want to be part of a winning team and test myself against some of the best players in the world domestically and at the international level.”

Calvin Bassey has won a Premiership winner’s medal and a Scottish Cup winner’s medal during his two-year stay at Rangers.

Winning more trophies may, however, continue at a different club as there are several suitors reportedly keen on signing him.

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