Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a potential transfer move for Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio this summer.
As things stand, the Spaniard’s contract at his current club is set to expire in the summer, meaning that unless he signs a new deal, he’d be available to sign as a free agent.
With that in mind, some details have come to the forefront over the interest that the attacker has garnered.
According to a recent report from Spanish media outlet Sport (via Sport Witness), Arsenal and AC Milan have spoken with Asensio’s entourage over a potential summer transfer deal, with his future at Real in doubt, as both clubs would apparently be willing to make an offer to him.
The report adds that Barcelona also have an interest in the £168k-per-week player and are keeping up to date with his situation.
Having joined the reigning European champions back in the 2015 summer transfer window, the 27-year-old has gone on to make 266 appearances for the Spanish giants across all competitions, finding the net 55 times and providing 29 assists in the process.
Throughout his time with Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Asensio has lifted three Champions League trophies and won three La Liga titles, highlighting the experience he has of playing and winning at the top level of club football.
This season has seen the Spain international start just 10 of the 31 games he’s appeared in for Real, which shows that he isn’t at the top of Ancelotti’s pecking order.
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Therefore, that could be why his future at the Santiago Bernabeu is in doubt, especially with his contract expiring in the summer.
Despite that, the winger has still shown how much of a useful attacking figure he can be by scoring six goals and supplying five assists.
In fact, only two other players at the club have a higher rate of shots on target per 90 minutes in La Liga this season than Asensio (1.35).
With all of that in mind, should Mikel Arteta want to add some extra strength and depth to his squad in the summer with a player with significant experience of being in a winning team, the Gunners should do all they can to land Asensio’s signature.