Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio as the ‘cornerstone of their new project’, as per AS. The Spaniard has been looking for a way out before the start of next season as he is not a critical player in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans with Los Blancos.
The Magpies have looked like they are on their way up since hiring Eddie Howe, and the humungous takeover by Saudi’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). Since the takeover, the club have been linked with almost every player you could ever think of as they look to improve as quickly as possible.
The latest name comes in the form of Madrid man, Asensio. The winger’s contract ends in less than a year, and the La Liga champions have not yet extended it.
The 26-year-old has been pretty much an afterthought for the last couple of seasons, owing to injuries, lack of form and the heavy competition he faces.
Asensio has three options this summer: he can extend his contract with Madrid without taking a raise, find a new team, or continue working for the team through the 2023 season and then leave as a free agent.
Should Madrid not offer the Spanish international a new contract, it could “speed up the process” of him leaving Real Madrid. He has several offers to leave Carlo Ancelotti’s side, but the club that ‘pushes the most’ to sign him is said to be Newcastle.
Asensio may want to force a move this season, as he has his sights set on making the Spanish National Team’s squad for the World Cup in December.
Becoming the main man at the St. James’ Parl could do wonders for his chances of making the squad, obviously depending on if he can keep fit and in form through the season.
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.