Chelsea will reportedly compete with Arsenal and others in the race to sign 27-year-old Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio.

According to a report by 90min, Marco Asensio is the subject of interest from Chelsea. The 27-year-old looks set to become a free agent in the summer transfer window. And the Blues will compete with Arsenal and others for his signature if he leaves Real Madrid in the coming months.

Marco Asensio was once the poster boy of Spain’s latest youth revolution, which has petered out in recent times. He joined Real Madrid as a prodigious attacking prospect in July 2015. But the Spaniard has seen his fortunes dwindle since suffering a long-term knee injury ahead of the 2019/20 season.

The 27-year-old has been a rotation option since regaining full fitness three years ago. The player has started just ten of the 41 games played by Real Madrid this season. And Asensio’s long-term Real Madrid future is uncertain, as he has entered the final months of his contract. Such a situation has captured the attention of Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Real Madrid ace has been on Arsenal’s radar for several years. And the Gunners remain keen on signing the Spaniard in a Bosman move in the summer transfer window. The interest makes sense, considering Mikel Arteta does not have a viable backup for Bukayo Saka.

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In addition, Asensio can be an alternative to Martin Odegaard, as he is equally adept at playing centrally. And recent reports suggested contact between Arsenal and intermediaries for the player. But the north London giants face stiff competition from Chelsea in the race to sign the Real Madrid attacker.

However, unlike Arsenal, Chelsea’s interest is perplexing, considering they have invested in various wide attackers. Players like Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke have arrived at Stamford Bridge. And while Mason Mount’s Chelsea future is uncertain, it is unclear how Asensio will fit in the scheme of things.

Apart from Arsenal and Chelsea, several other European bigwigs are also keen on signing the 27-year-old. Meanwhile, Jorge Mendes has also offered Asensio’s services to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. And it will be interesting to see where he lands if he leaves Real Madrid as a free agent.

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