The Express claim that Arsenal could be set to launch one of the most ambitious moves of the summer by making a £75 million move to activate the release clause of Real Madrid’s man of the moment Marco Asensio.
What would Asensio bring to the Emirates?
Asensio is one of the world’s most exciting young talents. His two memorable finishes against Barcelona, one in each leg of the Spanish Super Cup, were reflective of his quality and imagination with brilliant finishes from distance leaving Marc Andre Ter Stegen with no chance.
An attacking midfielder who can play on either flank or centrally, Asensio has a good goalscoring record at all levels. He is also a brilliantly creative player with excellent vision and a good range of passing. He’s often found picking out a through ball to set up a devastating attack, particularly on the counter attack.
With incredible technical ability, he is also a skilful player who is good with the ball at his feet. A good dribbler too, there are few players of his age that offer the all round package as Asensio does.
Is a move likely?
The report indicates that Asensio’s current contract at the Bernabeu includes a £75 million release clause. Such a fee would be a big mount for Arsenal to spend, but given that he could become a world class player in the future and a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, it may be a sound investment to make.
However, that would be dependent upon the Spaniard agreeing to a move. He is understood to be happy in Madrid and is seeing increasing amounts of game time under Zinedine Zidane, particularly with doubts over Gareth Bale’s fitness and the French manager increasingly keen to manage the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid would be entirely against any kind of deal which would see the 21-year-old leave the Spanish capital. Reliable newspaper Marca believe that the club are preparing a new contract for the youngster too, which will tie him down with a release clause of £462 million.