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Real Madrid outcast keen on staying despite enquiry from ‘top-level teams’

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With the final phase of the summer transfer window upon us, the focus at Real Madrid is largely on outcomings, with the Spanish and European champions taking care of the incoming transfers very early.

Marco Asensio is one such player who has been heavily linked with an exit this summer. However, as reported by MARCA, the 26-year-old Spanish winger remains keen on staying put at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite some ‘top-level teams’ making enquiries for him.

Asensio’s star has been on the wane ever since he returned from the long-term injury. However, he did show glimpses of form last season when he finished as the club’s third-highest goalscorer behind Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior.

Despite that, he is no longer a regular in the side and having entered the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu, he refused to sign an extension. An exit looked very likely in the initial stages of the transfer window, with there being interest from the likes of AC Milan and Arsenal but nothing came of it.

As the window progressed, Asensio seems to have had a change of hearts and is now keen on staying put at Real Madrid. The 26-year-old Spanish international believes that he can still turn things around at the Bernabeu and become an important player for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

Real Madrid, for their part, do not wish to hand Asensio a contract extension if he does end up staying at the club beyond the transfer window. In such a scenario, he would leave the club as a free agent next year. For now, though, all things point towards ex-Mallorca ace staying put at Madrid.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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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.

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