Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano had provided an update on Marco Asensio’s move to the Emirates this summer.
THE LOWDOWN: WINGER SEARCH
Arsenal and Mikel Arteta have been working tirelessly to secure the services of a winger but no deal has been completed yet. Over the past 48 hours, the Gunners have been linked with Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, an alternative to Wolves’ Pedro Neto.
Following the exit of Nicolas Pepe, Arteta is keen on making a deal for a new winger and it seems Arsenal fans may have to wait till the final day of the window before that is achieved.
THE LATEST: EXPERT UPDATE
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has now provided an update on Asensio, with the winger’s future at Real Madrid looking rather uncertain.
“Marco Asensio has been offered to many important English clubs by his agent over the past two weeks, including Arsenal and ManUtd”, Fabrizio revealed in an exclusive interview with wettfreunde.
“Right now he is not the priority for ManUtd. He was one of the options in case the Antony deal didn’t go through. But now it’s almost done, so that’s not the case. And I don’t see them signing another winger at this point.”
“For Arsenal there are no direct negotiations with Real Madrid but the relationship with Jorge Mendes is always very good so it could be a last-minute idea. But at the moment it is no negotiations.
“Certainly Marco Asensio is looking for an opportunity and by deadline day he will try to find a good opportunity because he wants to play. He wants regular playing time. But if he doesn’t play, he will stay at Real Madrid and then have a great chance to go on a free transfer next summer.”
“So his agent may be working on a free transfer for next summer if nothing happens this week.”
THE VERDICT: A DEAL COULD HAPPEN
Manchester United are set to sign Ajax’s Anthony, so going for Marco Asensio might not be possible, which leaves Arsenal as the leading candidate to land the services of the Spanish forward.
Asensio, who is in his final year at Madrid, could be convinced to make a switch to England this summer if the right offer is made by Arsenal. He has lost his place in Madrid but at just 26 years old, trying out in a new environment won’t be bad.
However, if he decides to come, he will still have to face some competition with Bukayo Saka on the right wing, but his experience could be valuable in games to come this season.