Arsenal set to make January move for 26-year-old Spanish forward

By | September 29, 2022

Liverpool and Arsenal are both reportedly keeping close tabs on Marco Asensio’s situation at Real Madrid.

The Spain international was heavily linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu over the summer, however, the transfer window ended with the attacker remaining with Los Blancos.

Asensio has only played 17 minutes of football across two games this term, and he showed his frustration when he was not used against Mallorca in the Spanish top-tier at the weekend.

The 26-year-old forward is currently down the pecking order for the spots in offensive end, with Rodrygo and Federico Valverde both ahead of him at the right-flank.

However, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match with RB Leipzig, Real Madrid head-coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted that the Spaniard is still “training well” and could be involved in the European affair.

“Asensio has to put up with this situation right now. After getting frustrated, there are two responses, as you can either train better or you can give up. But, he has kept training well. He could play in tomorrow’s game,” Ancelotti told reporters.

According to Calciomercato, Arsenal and Liverpool could make bids during the winter transfer window.

The Premier League giants, alongside AC Milan, are believed to be keen to move for 26-year-old Real Madrid forward at the start of 2023, with the attacker likely to struggle for minutes at Los Blancos hroughout the season.

Asensio’s current deal at Bernabeu is set to expire next June, meaning that he would be free to negotiate a pre-contract with foreign teans at the start of 2023.

Ancelotti told Relevo late in the transfer window: “Marco is looking at things to see if he can leave. If he doesn’t leave, he will 100% be a Madrid player. I don’t know anything new about Asensio, he is evaluating his situation.”

Asensio has managed to found back of the net 49 times and registered 24 assists in 237 games for Real Madrid since arriving from Mallorca in 2014, winning three La Liga trophies and three Champions League titles.