Real Madrid are keen on sorting out the future of Marco Asensio before the transfer window slams shut in less than a week.
The 26-year-old has entered the final year of his contract with the reigning champions of Spain and England and has refused to pen a new deal. However, there have not been many takers for the Spanish international so far, putting his future in limbo.
Asensio is no longer favoured at Real Madrid, with president Florentino Perez reportedly instructing manager Carlo Ancelotti to no longer count on the former RCD Mallorca prospect.
But, both Asensio and Real Madrid could find a reprieve in the final week of the transfer window as the winger is picking up interest from clubs in England and Italy.
Indeed, Manchester United are reported to be keen on signing Asensio from Real Madrid before the transfer window closes.
Now, according to journalist Sergio Santos on El Chiringuito TV, AC Milan have joined Manchester United in the race to secure the services of Asensio.
Milan have been linked with a move for the Spanish international on and off all through the summer. However, the rumours had died down in recent weeks, with the Rossoneri reportedly deciding to try their luck next year, when he would become a free agent.
However, it seems like they are back in the hunt for Asensio’s signing, as they seek upgrades in their attacking options on the right flank.
Manchester United, meanwhile, could be viewing the Real Madrid ace as an alternative to top target Antony, for whom AFC Ajax are demanding a king’s ransom this summer.
Once heralded as the future of Real Madrid, Asensio has lost his way in the last couple of seasons, failing to hit the heights expected of him after a serious injury he suffered a few years ago.
While he did score ten goals in La Liga last season, the 26-year-old has looked a shadow of his best self and could soon be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu. Whether it is to AC Milan or Manchester United or a different club altogether remains to be seen.
Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions
Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.
The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.
To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.
But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.
However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.
But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.
It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.
But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.