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Arsenal, Spurs, Milan and Juventus battling for Real Madrid's Marco Asensio

Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio could be set to leave the Spanish club this summer, with his contract expiring in 2023.
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Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio could be set to leave the Spanish club this summer, with his contract expiring in 2023.

A report from Ekrem Konur via his Twitter has revealed that Asensio has not responded to Real Madrid's offer for a contract extension, putting his future up in the air.

The journalist adds that several clubs are interested in him, mentioning Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and Juventus as the ones most interested.

While his contract still has more than a year in it, him refusing a possible extension will leave Real Madrid with no choice but to try and cash in on him this summer in order to avoid losing him for free.

A move to Arsenal seems quite unlikely, given they already having Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe capable of playing in attacking midfield, with the only real path for Asensio to the Gunners being if Nicolas Pepe leaves this summer, and the Spaniard is deployed at right wing instead.

On the other hand, Spurs are pretty weak when it comes to options in midfield and on the wings, especially since creative midfielders like Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso are both set to leave this summer following their respective loan spells, while Steven Bergwijn has been on the verge of a move for a few months now.

While Antonio Conte's side doesn't really play with a formation that suits an attacking midfielder, the fact they give more freedom for their wingers to roam into multiple positions might be the perfect move for the Spaniard, especially with Asensio being brilliant with link-up play and interchanging positions during his time in La Liga.

Milan might look to signing the 26-year-old in the hope of injecting some more quality to their attacking midfield areas, especially with the futures of Samu Castillejo and Junior Messias still being uncertain.

Juventus are also in serious need of a new playmaker, with both Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi both set to leave the club with their contracts expiring this season, leaving them with a gaping hole in terms of creativity.

While the amount of funds available isn't too high given their recent major investment in Dusan Vlahovic, a move for Asensio could come at a relatively low price for the Bianconeri, given Real Madrid's desperation to earn at least something for him.

Asensio has had a bit of a revival in terms of form under Carlo Ancelotti, going into double figures for goals for the first time since 2017/18, despite his time on the pitch often being reduced to just coming off the bench.

He has mostly played at right wing, but he has also featured as an attacking midfielder, on the left wing, in central midfield, as well as playing once as a centre forward in the Copa del Rey.


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