Manchester United and Chelsea are key clubs in the battle for Marco Asensio – and all suitors have learnt his criteria over a move, per a report.
Asensio could be on the move this summer, one year before his contract with Real Madrid expires. There have been plenty of links with a transfer to the Premier League. Now, his shortlist seems to be taking shape.
Each club is said to be making an effort to sign him, which would be beneficial to his current employers too. Although Asensio made 42 appearances for Real Madrid last season, they would rather cash in now than lose him for free.
Therefore, the terms of a transfer are getting clearer. The report claims that the La Liga champions are expecting to receive €40m (£34.5m) by selling him.
Exactly who will pay it remains to be seen. Perhaps Asensio could have some say in where his future lies too.
Indeed, Sport suggest he has two demands of his next club. First, he wants a salary between €7m and €8m net per season. In other words, he would be wanting to earn between £116,000 and £133,000 per week.
In addition, he wants to be guaranteed a starting role before signing any contract. At the age of 26, it is time for him to take centre stage somewhere and enjoy his prime years in the limelight.
Could Man Utd or Chelsea satisfy Marco Asensio?
He would have a chance of making an impact at either Chelsea or Man Utd. The Blues are evolving their attack and could part ways with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech this summer.
Marco Asensio heavily linked to Manchester United move
Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio is pushing for a move away from La Liga to the Premier League and Manchester United seem to be the favourites
United, meanwhile, would mainly be looking at a centre-forward if they wanted to improve up front. However, they have also been pursuing Ajax wide man Antony. If the Brazilian turns out to be too expensive, Asensio could be a good option.
Over in Italy, Milan are looking to add a new attacking midfielder. Hence, their interest in Asensio is for obvious reasons and at least his second demand would likely be satisfied.
Therefore, Madrid are preparing for an auction by which they can sell the Spaniard to the best option.