A frustrated Real Madrid star is more likely to join Chelsea than Manchester United, while West Brom have seven big-name candidates in mind to replace Tony Pulis, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
MARCO ASENSIO TARGETS CHELSEA TRANSFER
Real Madrid star Marco Asensio is reportedly ready to join Chelsea if he is not given more game time at the Bernabeu, according to reports on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old winger has found game time hard to come by under Zinedine Zidane in recent weeks and reports in Spain, via the Daily Express, claims he is ready to move to Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte a known admirer.
Asensio would prefer to stay at the Bernabeu, but Zidane’s refusal to give him more game time has stunned both supporters and media alike in Spain and the player is said to be ready to move elsewhere to ensure his career does not stall.
It’s suggested Asensio has spoken to Florentino Perez about his lack of game time, but the president’s response was simply to tell him that it is Zidane who picks the team; leaving the young star feeling stuck.
The Spain winger has previously been linked with a £70million move to Manchester United, but Don Balon reckons a move to Chelsea is far more likely, with PSG also in he reckoning.
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