Ahead of the summer transfer window of 2022, the forward line seemed to be the area of interest at Real Madrid. The club were linked with some of world football’s biggest names like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
However, Los Blancos made no new additions to their forward arsenal in the past three months. The team head into the new season with a similar core in attack, especially given that players like Mariano Diaz and Marco Asensio did not leave the club.
According to reports from Tomas Gonzalez (h/t MadridXtra), Asensio’s decision to stay at Real Madrid was not entirely motivated by the possibility of regaining the manager’s trust.
The Spaniard is looking to run down his contract to become a free agent next summer to collect a large signing bonus from his next team.
Yet, Ancelotti is not concerned by the motive of the forward’s decision. When asked about Asensio’s situation yesterday, the manager said,
“He (Asensio) is happy that he’s staying. He has been very good last season and will get minutes.”
The Spaniard has seen very little involvement in the team dynamics so far this season. He did not even come off the bench in Los Blancos’ games against Eintracht Frankfurt, Espanyol and Almeria.
The only time Asensio graced the pitch this season was against against Celta Vigo, when he came on with less than ten minutes of regulation time to spare.
Last season, Asensio scored ten goals for the club across 31 games in the league and was one of Ancelotti’s most trusted options to fill the third place in attack. Now, he must compete with Rodrygo, Eden Hazard, and Federico Valverde to get minutes under his belt.
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.