Arsenal target’s contract extension ‘impossible’; agent “proving ground” for the relocation of artillerymen
Marco Asensio, the Real Madrid star linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, is most likely set to become a free agent in 2023, according to reports.
Asensio is out of contract next summer and his lack of minutes so far this term means his contract extension is ‘impossible’.
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This is according to the Spanish publication Files.
The 26-year-old has played just 19 minutes under Carlo Ancelotti in 2022/23.
He was an unused substitute in four of Real Madrid’s first five La Liga appearances, with his only minutes in the Spanish top flight coming in the 4-1 win at Celta Vigo.
The report says Asensio is one of Ancelotti’s ‘last options’ and is ready to consider offloading him in the winter transfer window, six months before the end of his contract.
It’s believed that the Spanish winger would be ready to leave in January if the right opportunity arises.
Florentino Perez will have ‘no problem’ selling the player for a small sum to avoid losing him for nothing this summer.
Arsenal and AC Milan are ‘leading’ the race to sign Asensio.
A contract extension at Madrid would be ‘virtually impossible’ and ‘far from reality’.
Asensio was linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
Reliable transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has in fact revealed that the Gunners explored the idea of signing the 26-year-old Spaniard as a ‘last minute idea’.
“Marco Asensio has been offered to many important English clubs by his agent over the past two weeks, including Arsenal and Man Utd,” Romano said. Wettfreunde in August.
Asensio burst onto the scene as a Real Madrid youngster.
He scored his first Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga goal at the age of 20.
His first league goal came during a loan spell with Espanyol, although Madrid’s first La Liga strike came on his debut.
Asensio enjoys making his debut, scoring his first league appearance, Copa del Rey, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.
Since his electric start in the Spanish capital, Asensio’s playing time and contributions have gradually diminished.
Last season, however, was a productive campaign for the winger as he netted ten goals in 31 La Liga appearances.
A move to Arsenal on a free transfer, or potentially for a small fee in the winter window, would be a good move for both player and club.
Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player and is known for his superb work on the training ground with wide players.
The Gunners’ squad is very thin and the club’s supporters were very disappointed not to have signed a new winger in the transfer window following Nicolas Pepe’s loan to OGC Nice.
Marquinhos made his senior debut for Arsenal in Thursday’s Europa League win over FC Zurich, scoring the opening goal, although he is unlikely to play in the Premier League very often, if at all.
A report released this week suggested that Arteta is ready to loan the young Brazilian out in Januarywhich led fans to believe he was plotting a move for a new, more experienced wide man.
The North Londoners have also been linked with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk and Wolves winger Pedro Neto.