Newcastle United could be in the hunt for wantaway Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio in January to strengthen their squad.
According to Calciomercato, Marco Asensio has emerged as a January target for Newcastle United. Eddie Howe is looking for attacking reinforcements to strengthen his squad, and the Magpies remain hopeful of finishing in the top six.
Eddie Howe’s project is reaping the rewards of constructive and smart spending in the two windows under the Englishman. Newcastle United were expected to splash big on star players after their takeover, although things were done differently.
After bringing in essential players in January, Newcastle decided to spend even more significantly in the summer. Their star arrivals included Alexander Isak and Sven Botman, among others. And Howe wants the club to back him in the next window, with attacking areas the centre of his focus.
Newcastle have a variety of attackers in the squad, but Howe wants to add a name or two. The focus is on bringing a player who could contribute with goals and provide a different option in wide areas. Inter Milan’s Joaquin Correa was a possible target, although he will be expensive.
The other name that has come out recently is that of Marco Asensio. The Real Madrid attacker, once heralded as Spain’s future, has seemingly fallen off the grid in recent seasons. He still has plenty of admirers, particularly from the Premier League, with Newcastle adding their name to the list.
Carlo Ancelotti does not favour Asensio, and with his contract expiring, Real Madrid could opt to sell him in January. Moreover, with five substitute appearances, he has had just 36 minutes of action in La Liga this term. Hence, the Spaniard remains expendable from the squad.
Newcastle United could approach Real Madrid in January and look to bring the attacker to St James Park. Asensio is expected to have further interest, with the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal also keen on recruiting him. However, going by the quality of the current project, the Magpies could sell a fantastic opportunity.
There are question marks whether Asensio would prefer Newcastle considering they are not even playing in Europe. However, this is a long-term project with plenty of promise, as some recent arrivals, such as Bruno Guimaraes, have proved.