Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema have established themselves as irreplaceable players in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup this season. While the duo have been a constant, the third player in attack has been variable.
With the likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Mariano and Luka Jovic being completely discarded by the manager, only two players have been in the battle for the lone vacancy.
At the beginning of the season, Marco Asensio and Rodrygo were neck to neck in the race to start. However, the scale has tilted heavily in favour of the Brazilian in recent weeks.
With Kylian Mbappe set to join Los Blancos in the summer, the club see it as vital to engineer a few departures in the forward department. After his decline in performance, Asensio is now one of the candidates on the departure list.
According to reports from Diario AS (TheMadridZone), more than six teams are interested in signing the Spanish winger this summer.
Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Arsenal are just a few of the clubs that were linked with Asensio’s signing earlier this year. Needless to say, they will be the names leading the race to sign him this time around too.
Asensio has started 18 league games for Real Madrid this season, scoring ten goals in the process. He has missed five big chances and averages one key pass per game.
In April, Real Madrid offered Asensio a contract of €4.5 million with an individual clause that, if fulfilled, could reach €6 million. However, now the situation has changed and it remains to be seen if that offer is still on the table.
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.