Real Madrid reach Asensio decision to spark eight-team scramble, as Prem side hatch convincing January plan

Marco Asensio of Real Madrid

Real Madrid don’t plan to offer Marco Asensio a contract extension, and one Premier League side have charged to the front of the queue with their January plans, per reports.

At 26, Asensio is in the prime of his career and should be one of Real Madrid’s leading lights. However, despite playing an integral role in their recent successes, is firmly down the pecking order at present.

Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr are near-undroppable at centre-forward and left wing respectively.

That leaves just the right wing up for grabs where Asensio must compete with Rodrygo and Federico Valverde.

It is a battle Asensio is losing at present, with his minutes tally this season standing at a paltry 47.

Asensio’s contract expires at the end of the season and given his reduced role, it was unclear as to whether Real Madrid would offer an extension.

Adding to the doubt were previous claims he wants a pay rise too. A wage increase would not be a true reflection of his waning influence at the Bernabeu.

Yet Asensio’s talents are not in question, it is more a case of right place at the wrong time given who he’s competing against.

As such, he’d represent a fine addition if he left Los Blancos and according to Mundo Deportivo, that’s exactly what will happen.

Real Madrid won’t offer Asensio an extension

They state Real Madrid ‘does not contemplate offering the renewal’ to Asensio.

It’s noted Real were open to selling Asensio in the summer, though official offers didn’t arrive despite widespread interest.

As such, the January window represents Real’s last chance to generate a fee. What’s more, a recent report indicated which Premier League side are ready to act.

Reports in Spain stated Newcastle have knocked at the door of Asensio and plan to submit a bid in January.

Asensio would actually be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs at that time.

However, Newcastle’s apparent willingness to table a bid showcases their urgency to get a deal done.

Real would also prefer a January sale given they’d receive a fee via that route.

Seven other teams involved

Aside from the Magpies, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd are all named as potential landing spots by Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona are in the mix from Spain in what would be a rare piece of business between the two Spanish giants. From Italy, Juventus and AC Milan are in the mix.

But it is Newcastle who look best placed given their reported willingness to bid in January.

They would arguably represent the least sexy option given they have no UCL football to offer.

However, they could more than make up for that in player salary and Real would prefer a sale over a free agent exit.