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Report: Arsenal 'above all' Premier League sides in Marco Asensio race

Arsenal are above all of the other Premier League sides in the race to sign Marco Asensio from Real Madrid, according to a report from Calciomercato.It.

Asensio looks set to leave the Bernabeu in the coming months. His contract with Los Blancos expires at the end of next season.

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Real value Asensio at £29 million, which could be quite a coup given that he has a release clause of £442 million. Meanwhile, he reportedly earns £80,000-a-week in the Spanish capital.

Calciomercato.It notes that AC Milan are working on a deal for the 26-year-old. However, the report adds that a number of Premier League sides want Asensio. And the team leading the way is Arsenal.

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Of course, reports have previously claimed that Arsenal have already made an offer to his agent. So it may not come as a huge surprise that the Gunners are ‘above all’ in the race.

But it is encouraging. He has been linked with the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool previously. So it would certainly be a massive statement for Arsenal to bring him to the Emirates.

For some time, it has appeared that Arsenal could be proud of their performance this season whether they finished fourth or not. They have certainly made great strides under Mikel Arteta. And they have a squad that should improve in the years to come.

However, it would be agonising if they now missed on fourth spot after having it in their grasp. It would also be a lot harder to imagine targets such as Asensio moving to Arsenal.

The Spaniard is a ‘world-class‘ player at the peak of his powers with 229 games for Real Madrid under his belt. If others can offer Champions League football, he will surely have major reservations about moving to Arsenal.

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