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Submariners in friendlies today, plus a new rumor: Marco Asensio

After the Euro matchups last week, it's mostly friendlies now.

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Spain-Germany: Bruno Soriano looks likely to get more playing time in this one, might even start after high praise for his 45 minutes against Belarus (see for example here).

Greece-Serbia: Antonio Rukavina is in the Serbian squad.  Greece is still trying to figure out how they lost at home to the Faroe Islands; Serbia probably won't qualify for the Euros.

Belarus-Mexico: Jonathan and Gio dos Santos available for this one.  Not exactly a traditional matchup,  is it?

Hungary-Russia: Denis Cheryshev likely to be in action for the Russians.  Both countries are struggling in Euro qualifying, less surprising in Hungary's case than in Russia's.

Meanwhile, Marca reports Villarreal (and Barcelona) are battling with Real Madrid to sign Mallorca starlet--soon to be star--Marco Asensio.   He's an attacking midfielder, 18 years old, who is damn good.  (Damn good.)  Mallorca turned down a bid from West Ham, I think it was, in the summer, and Barcelona tried to buy him earlier too.   The islanders, after a slow start, are getting it together in the Segunda and currently sit 9th; they would be crazy to part with Asensio this season, because selling him would kill their promotion chances.

My feeling is €4m for him would be very cheap, given his upside.  I will probably take this rumor more seriously when Valencia is mentioned as another possible suitor!!