Real Madrid’s Spanish right winger Marco Asensio seems to have his future up in thin air. The Los Blancos guy was known to have made early contacts with England’s Red Devils, and Manchester United who are expected to be the headline of a massive summer transfer window with Eric Ten Hag taking over after Ralf Rangnick .
The three-time UCL winner was seen as a high-priority target for United as they looked to fill up their right-wing spot. Asensio’s green light to the move to Old Trafford initiated early contacts between his agent, Jorge Mendes, and United with the latter pulling out of the deal seeing the hefty price they had to pay to get the Spanish man.
A reported figure of over $60 million was seen as excessive to get a guy who had just started about half the games for Real Madrid and scored just 10 times in La Liga. It was seen as a big gamble by the English club who were not in a position to make ‘do or die’ deals and rather invest in other consistent talents around Europe, thus leading them to pull out of the deal.
Asensio and his current situation
Asensio’s current deal with the Los Blancos runs out in 2023 and a reported new 4-year deal worth around $7 million per annum was offered to his agent, Jorge Mendes. The deal, along with the possibility of leaving the Spanish capital are equally likely to go through as the winger looks for more continuity in his game, which he just has not been able to get this season at Real Madrid.
Still, his goal-scoring threat has just about kept him in Lucho’s Spanish squad for the UEFA Nations League this year. Reports of tension between him and Carlo Ancelotti seemed to have pushed him further back in the pecking order with the latter preferring Rodrygo for the Right-wing over Asensio. This flashes one of the main reasons why Asensio has not been able to perform consistently, along with injuries that have affected his market value quite a bit and make clubs think twice before investing in him.
A cut-price deal for him could just about strike the deal with United and revive his career, reuniting him with former teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane. But striking a deal with Real Madrid is easier said than done which may just push United towards other options, with one such being Ajax’s Antony. With undeniable potential and a relationship with Ten Hag, Antony might just fit perfectly in his former manager’s plans, who will prefer him over Marco Asensio all day long. The Brazilian might just be the spark that United needs.
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