La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid have reportedly submitted a contract offer to Marco Asensio, a target for Arsenal, Tottenham and AC Milan.
According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato, Marco Asensio has received a contract offer from Real Madrid. The Spanish forward is a target for Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and AC Milan over a possible cut-price move in the summer transfer window.
Marco Asensio has enjoyed a decent 2021/22 season despite starting the campaign slowly. The 26-year-old has chipped in with some important contributions, scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances across all competitions and recently starring in Real Madrid’s win over Osasuna earlier this week.
But the Spaniard’s contract situation has put Real Madrid in a spot of bother, with his deal running out in a little over a year. Talks between the two parties have not progressed smoothly either, with the situation capturing the attention of several European bigwigs, including AC Milan, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur.
The interest from Arsenal stems from the uncertainties surrounding the future of Nicolas Pepe, who has become a bit-part player at the Emirates this season. With the Ivory Coast international likely to leave Arsenal in the summer transfer window, Asensio is a viable option to be his long-term replacement.
On the other hand, the links with Tottenham could be a byproduct of Steven Bergwijn’s precarious situation at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Dutch international could leave Spurs in the summer transfer window to seek regular game-time elsewhere, with Asensio an option worth considering to replace him.
The Real Madrid forward has also been linked with AC Milan, with the Serie A giants keen on prising him away from the Spanish club. But wage demands could scupper the deal for Milan, and Real Madrid could have taken advantage of the same by making an improved contract offer to Asensio.
The report does not quantify the wages offered by Real Madrid, but it does assert that the 26-year-old is likelier to stay put at the Santiago Bernabeu than leave at the moment. It will be interesting to see if Arsenal, Tottenham, and AC Milan can do anything to claw their way back in the race to enjoy the services of the Spanish international.