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Arsenal poised to trigger Real Madrid star's buyout clause, report claims

Arsenal poised to trigger Real Madrid star's buyout clause, report claims

Marco Asensio netted a brace, including an 83rd-minute free-kick, to earn defending champions Madrid a point against Valencia in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Arsenal are plotting a stunning £75million bid for Real Madrid ace Marco Asensio as Arsene Wenger looks to push through some new signings ahead of the transfer window deadline.

The Spanish champions were rewarded a free-kick in the 83rd minute and in the absence of usual free-kick taker Cristiano Ronaldo the 21-year-old demonstrated maturity beyond his years as he filled Ronaldo's boots easily curling the ball into the far corner around the wall to secure Madrid a share of the spoils.

"We deserved more, but you can't always win", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

"We got a point and we have paid for the intense month that we have had".

Valencia coach Marcelino added: "We have to congratulate ourselves for how we played and the result. We know that La Liga is very long and this will happen again".




The young attacker's first came after just 10 minutes, giving Madrid further reason to celebrate after they were presented with the LaLiga trophy following their triumphant 2016-17 campaign prior to kick-off.

Navas could not prevent Los Che from taking the lead in the 77th minute, however, with debutant Kondogbia finding the bottom corner with a composed finish after the ball had broken for the former Sevilla midfielder in a unsafe area.

France global Karim Benzema was twice denied by the impressive Brazilian keeper Neto towards the end of the game.

The Spain global ended the 2016-17 campaign with three goals and two assists in 23 La Liga appearances, while he also managed a further three strikes in the Champions League and opened his account for this season with goals in both legs of the Supercopa de Espana against Barcelona.

Their second goal was another expertly crafted move, with Gaya bursting into the box and working the ball to Rodrigo Moreno who held it up for Kondogbia to crash the ball beyond Navas. We should have won the game, but we did not.

Paulo Henrique Ganso scored with a brilliant touch in the 83rd minute to give Sevilla a 1-0 win at Getafe.


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