After Kylian Mbappe’s failed move to Real Madrid, fans were sure that Florentino Perez would, in fact, pursue an alternative in the form of a winger who could add depth to their attack.
Of the several options on the horizon, Serge Gnabry seemed to be the next best thing.
Now, the tables have reportedly turned. According to MARCA, Real Madrid believe that Gnabry’s position is already well covered. With Marco Asensio and Rodrygo in the squad, the German’s signing is no longer deemed a necessity.
The report comes as a contradiction to the situation 24 hours ago when Los Blancos were said to be closely monitoring his situation. The €40 million price tag demanded by Bayern Munich is not a figure out of reach for Ancelotti’s side.
As the summer transfer window edges closer, Gnabry’s future seems to be further away from Munich. Despite the winger’s impressive numbers, talks over a renewal stalled after a disparity over the wages.
Arsenal and Liverpool from the Premier League are closely eyeing the German’s situation and will be relieved to hear of Madrid’ exit from the race. Nevertheless, it is not over until it’s over.
Marco Asensio’s future at Madrid is under a cloud of doubt. If the Spaniard departs the club in June, the door for Gnabry will certainly reopen.
If the German does arrive in Madrid, he will face stiff competition from Rodrygo to fill the third place in attack. The Brazilian had an unreal impact at the tail end of the 2021/22 season and was instrumental in steering his team to the UCL final.
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.