In the latest Real Madrid transfer rumours, young star Marcos Asensio has been linked with a move to Arsenal. With a buyout clause of £75mil written into his contract there are reports Arsenal are looking to take advantage. There may be cause for some optimism with the young Spanish midfielder reportedly looking for more game-time. Real Madrid may be powerless but will Asensio really want to leave Madrid for London?
We take a look at the likelihood of a deal…
Nationality: 4 caps 0 goals
Position: attacking/central midfielder, also capable of playing on the left or right-hand side anywhere in midfield
Reported Transfer Fee: £75mil
2016/17 League Stats: 11 starts (12 sub appearances) 3 goals (2 assists)
Marcos Asensio has shown in his short career to date what a talent he is. In only his second professional season with Mallorca he was already a regular. It wasn’t long before Real came calling and immediately loaned him out to Espanyol where he became a regular in his first ever La Liga season.
Opportunities were obviously going to be more limited in Madrid but last season, his first at the Bernabeu, he became a permanent fixture on the bench and still managed some respectable game-time. He even finished the season by scoring in the Champions League final. All this despite only being 21 years old.
Asensio has firmly established himself as back-up to Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema and Isco in the Real attack, which usually consists of three of these. He has also broken into the Spanish set-up.
However if reports are to be believed the youngster is said to have become unhappy with the amount of game-time he is currently getting in Madrid. Whether that improves this season looks dependent on the form and fitness of those already mentioned. It’s hard to imagine him not getting more opportunities this season though. He will have a season of experience at Madrid under his belt now. Whilst Zidane and the Real hierarchy won’t want one of world football’s top prospects’ development blocked.
If Asensio is really serious about leaving it could be difficult for Real to do anything about it though. There’s a £75mil release clause in the Spanish international’s contract. It may have looked safe at the time the contract was signed, likely a few years ago. However in this current market that is unlikely to discourage serious interest. It could even be argued as the going rate for such a talent.
Does Asensio really want to leave arguably the biggest club in the World after only one season? I’m not convinced. Real Madrid players have a history of using the media and interest from other clubs to get a better deal at the Bernabeu. If any of these reports did come from Asensio’s camp they could be employing the same tactic.
Asensio’s is likely paid well below other squad members so it would make sense if he or his advisors feel this should be increased. Real might also be accommodating in order to increase his release clause so they regain some control. It could be a win-win.
The main interest in Asensio is said to come from Arsenal. I’m not sure I see the logic in any of this however. Whilst Arsenal may be able to offer improved game-time compared to last season, I don’t see Asensio featuring more at Arsenal than Real this season.
Asensio has, at least, a couple of seasons of league experience in Spain whereas he’d be starting from scratch again in England. Given his age it’s hard to see Arsenal starting with such a young, inexperienced player regularly no matter how much potential he has.
Whilst there are clear weaknesses in the Arsenal squad, the attacking midfield area is not one of them. Wellbeck, Walcott and Iwobi all look certain to be at Arsenal this season. Despite the contract issues, it’s also hard to see Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil and Sanchez all leave this transfer window. So there will definitely be some, if not all of them also competing for the same places in the team.
All of those currently at Arsenal are more established and are proven in the Premiership, to varying degrees.
I cannot see Asensio getting more chances at Arsenal in comparison to Real. If anything his opportunities could be more limited.
I feel the same could apply to many of the other top European clubs too. Most have a lot of attacking midfield talent so where would the situation be any better? The likes of Martial, Willian, Draxler and even James Rodriguez are all far from guaranteed starters these days.
Arguably Real Madrid is still the best place for him and will provide the youngster with the most chances. There seems to be a shift in Real’s approach as they focus more on youth and invest in developing the young talent in their ranks.
— Marco Asensio (@marcoasensio10) August 30, 2017
Any way I look at this rumour I just can’t see it happening. Even ignoring Arsenal’s indifferent start to the season, Real Madrid are still considered by many as the best team in the world. Their performances in the Champions League in recent years would support this. Who would want to leave such a team willingly?
I fail to see how a different club, like Arsenal, a different league and a different country would necessarily be helpful to Asensio’s career in the short-term. He’s already surrounded by one the best support networks in football. He’s at a club and with a manager already committed to his development.
He’s only been at Real one season and it wasn’t a bad start by any means. He now finds himself only an injury or suspension away from knocking on the first-team’s door. Not bad for a 21 year old. He’s clearly trusted by the coaching staff, so will get opportunities.
He has the footballing world at his feet and there’s nowhere to take better advantage of that than Real Madrid right now.
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