Juventus are going through a difficult period, with the club enduring a fall from grace over the past couple of years. They have recently closed the financial year with a loss of €250 million – the highest in the club’s history.
But that has not deterred the Italians from keeping tabs on the market. In fact, a report from MARCA suggests the Bianconeri have already identified several targets for the summer of 2023, one of which is Real Madrid ace Marco Asensio.
Juventus have been keeping track of the Spanish international for some time now and could consider a move at the end of the season.
Asensio himself has not enjoyed the best of spells at Real Madrid lately. He has fallen behind in the pecking order amid dwindling form and a series of injuries. Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo’s rapid rise to prominence has not helped his cause either.
It has led to the playmaker featuring in just 47 minutes of action this season, and with his contract at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2023, many expect the player to leave Real Madrid in the near future.
This has put Juventus on red alert. The Bianconeri consider Asensio as an ideal target due to his vast experience at the highest level of football, coupled with his attacking qualities that could go a long way in enhancing the club’s creative prowess in the final third.
Juventus are ideally looking for players that offer the experience to the table. Asensio, to that end, fits the bill well, having featured in 239 competitive matches for Real Madrid. He has also won three Champions League and La Liga titles.
And with the Spanish international likely to be available on a free transfer, Asensio could prove to be an ideal target for Real Madrid. However, luring him to Turin might not be easy, as AC Milan are also involved in the contest.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.