Real Madrid will not hang about to sort the future of Arsenal target Marco Asensio after Sunday’s La Liga duties, a report has claimed.
The Los Blancos star is into the final year of his Madrid deal, but has shown no signs of extending. Manager Carlo Ancelotti has publicly tried to reassure Asensio, but he has so far got no concrete response.
Indeed, Ancelotti confirmed earlier this week that Madrid are “waiting” because the Spaniard is “evaluating his position”.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are keen on the 29-time international following Nicolas Pepe’s exit to Nice on loan.
According to the Daily Mirror, Real Madrid have therefore made sorting out Asensio’s future their biggest priority after Sunday’s La Liga clash with Espanyol.
With the transfer window closing on Thursday, Madrid will waste no time from Monday onwards trying to reach a final decision.
They have reportedly set a £23.5million valuation for Asensio. They realise that this summer is the last chance for a decent fee before he becomes a free agent.
Asensio has shown definitive signs of wanting to leave by joining Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency. The Portuguese intermediary and his colleagues are known for sorting high-profile transfers for some of the world’s best players.
In fact, the Mirror adds that the Gestifute agency are ‘on standby’ to talk to Arsenal – with Gunners technical director Edu monitoring the situation closely.
Manchester United also have interest in Asensio. However, Brazilian star Antony is their top target as they mull over Ajax’s £84million price tag.
Asensio wants to add to his 29 Spain caps by featuring at the World Cup. Ancelotti said earlier this week that the attacker would still play an “important” role at Madrid if he stayed.
Arsenal should complete Asensio transfer
Asensio looks like a no-brainer signing for Arsenal – and a relatively cheap one given the stature of the player.
At the start of his Madrid career six years ago, he looked like being a prime Ballon d’Or contender of the future.
While he has not maintained those heights, the forward has nevertheless helped Madrid to three Champions League titles.
And despite 236 Madrid appearances, he has plenty left in the tank. Asensio has started only 52 of 90 games for Los Blancos in the past two seasons.
That statistic shows his trend of not being at the front and centre of one of Europe’s best teams.
But given his experience of winning, his relative lack of game time and age, Asensio looks a solid signing if Arsenal can get him.