According to a recent report in Spain, Marco Asensio is now close to joining Arsenal after ‘betraying’ Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez.
Asensio has made 21 appearances for Real Madrid this season, however under half of them appearances were starts. He has scored 6 goals and assisted 4 times this season.
According to Nacional, Marco Asensio is now ready to leave Real Madrid with his contract up at the end of the season and Arsenal are the team closest to signing the 27-year-old.
He had been struggling for consistent play-time at Madrid until a month ago and has not necessarily found his peak form. Therefore, he may seek a move away from the club to start a fresh chapter in his career.
At 27 years of age, the Spaniard should be in his prime and enjoying the best football of his career, however he hasn’t quite hit the heights at Real Madrid that everyone expected of him when he first joined the club from Mallorca in 2014.
Asensio and his camp are looking at many options; they want a four-year contract for the player and a wage somewhere similar to his current one at Real Madrid, which is reportedly around £118,000 per week.
Whether Arsenal are willing to meet their demands or not is yet to be seen however, they are interested in the player and will negotiate to find a suitable agreement for both parties.
Arsenal are seeking out for players to add depth to their squad. In the January transfer window Arsenal failed to sign two out of their three primary targets, Mykhailo Mudryk and Moises Caicedo, but they did find suitable alternatives in Leandro Trossard and Jorginho respectively.
Marco Asensio would provide some much needed quality in depth for the Gunners with a return to the Champions League all but secured for next season.