For a club to sign new players is always sweet news to the ears of fans. A new signing comes with a world of opportunity and brings an energy that is often lacking in the regular squad.
However, departures are as important as arrivals in the world of football. For every player signed, the club must usually part ways with players to maintain equilibrium.
One year ago, one might not have thought of Marco Asensio as an expendable asset. Now, the Spanish forward seems surplus in Ancelotti’s setup and could well leave Real Madrid this month.
According to reports from Diario AS, Liverpool are interested in signing Asensio and have already informed the player’s entourage. Further, AC Milan too have the player on their agenda.
Asensio has one more year left on his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. Though the club have formally submitted an offer to extend his contract, the forward feels he deserves a better salary and has turned it down.
The difference between the two parties seems large and unbridgeable at the moment and an exit seems likely.
The 26-year-old made only 19 league starts for Real Madrid last season despite appearing in over 30 games. In that duration, he found the back of the net ten times.
Liverpool are set to lose Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in the coming days and view Asensio as a possible replacement. Los Blancos ask €40 million for their winger, but the Reds are willing to shell out around €30 million for his services.
It remains to be seen if Jurgen Klopp’s side pursues his signing seriously. However, the transfer seems to be a difficult one given how far the parties are at the moment.
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.