Arsenal are considering a move for Marco Asensio, with Kylian Mbappe’s potential move to Real Madrid opening the door to the Spaniard’s arrival in north London.
Asensio, who like Mbappe, typically features on the wing but has fallen down Carlo Ancelotti’s pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu and has become available for £34 million, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes via TuttoMercato.
Liverpool and rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in signing the 25-year-old, according to Fichajes, however, Mikel Arteta’s side are currently leading the charge.
The Arsenal hierarchy have made contact with Real Madrid, according to The Mirror, as the Gunners begin to plot their second summer transfer from the Spanish outfit, following on from Martin Odegaard.
Asensio has struggled with injuries in recent years which have derailed his pursuit of valuable minutes in a competitive Real Madrid side, and after his first season back to full fitness, Ancelotti has rolled out the red carpet for his departure.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder directly contributed towards seven goals across 35 La Liga games last season but averaged just 53.5 minutes a game.
Starved of sustained first-team football, Asensio has missed being able to play the starring role he once thrived in under Zinedine Zidane and alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Spanish international joined Real Madrid from Mallorca in 2015 for just £3.5 million, but after a year on loan at Espanyol, Asensio burst onto the scene and became a phenom, scoring on his Los Blancos debut in the UEFA Super Cup with an incredible effort from range.
Asensio, who Arteta is reportedly a big admirer of, went on to produce more moments of pure magic in the white shirt but he was soon hampered with injuries.
A move to the Emirates under the wing of Arteta, reuniting with former teammate Odegaard, could spell the resurgence of Asensio and Arsenal as the two parties look to rekindle their respective past success.
However, prising any player away from the Bernabeu will prove difficult and Asensio has previously declared his desire to stay at Madrid, hindering the Gunners’ efforts.
“My intention is to continue at Real Madrid, to be great here and to contribute the most. I feel that I still have a lot to give in this club,” he told Spanish outlet AS last month.
“As many of you already know, I am a Madridista and I have felt very much a Madridista since I was little. This club, apart from being a player, I live it and I feel it a lot both in the victory and in the defeat. It is from the heart.”
Source by Football London