ARSENAL are leading the race for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, according to reports.
The winger could be sold by the Spanish giants this summer, as they look to clear the decks for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Marco Asensio could leave Real Madrid this summerCredit: Rex
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are hoping to drum up interest from England.
Tottenham and Liverpool have been credited with an interest.
But according to Fichajes, it is the Gunners that have shown the strongest desire to sign him.
They also reckon that Madrid will ask for £34million for the former wonderkid.
And reports in Spain claim that they now want to improve their forward line.
Asensio joined Madrid from Real Mallorca in 2014, spending the next season back on loan on the Balearic Island.
He was then borrowed by Espanyol for the 2015-16 campaign, before eventually bursting onto the scene at the Bernabeu.
His rip-roaring performances drew rave reviews… and saw him become a regular at Real Madrid.
Disaster would strike in the 2019-20 season, however, when he suffered a horrendous cruciate ligament injury.
Asensio has suffered from further knee issues since, but did manage to become a regular again last season.
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He made 48 appearances in total last term, scoring seven times and laying on two assists.
Since joining Real Madrid, he hasn’t been short of silverware, winning two LaLiga titles and pair of Champions Leagues.
He has also won four caps for Spain, and is currently in Japan competing in the 2020 Olympic Games.
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Asensio is replaced by Spurs new boy Bryan Gil at the OlympicsCredit: Alamy