Newcastle United join race to beat Liverpool, Arsenal and AC Milan to 26-year-old's signature
Newcastle United are now being linked with a spectacular swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, according to reports in Spain.
The 26-year-old has a year remaining on his current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu and his future is uncertain with Real Madrid considering cashing in as a preferred alternative to losing him on a free next summer.
The Spain international scored 12 goals in 42 appearances for Real last season as he picked up his third La Liga and Champions League winners medal.
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Should Asensio stay in Madrid, he is likely to be a rotation option and could risk losing his place in the Spain squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar. A move to Liverpool would likely see Asensio play a similar role, which could see him explore other options elsewhere.
Serie A champions AC Milan are understood to be keen and could virtually guarantee the player first-team football when fit, the same could also be said of Newcastle.
The Magpies are in the market for an attacking-midfielder capable of playing out wide. Asensio certainly fits that bill but no formal approach has been made for the player so far.
While Madrid value the player at around £42million, the time he has remaining on his contract has seen them lower their asking price to around £30million.
With Asensio’s current wages at Real Madrid understood to be around £120,000 per week, Newcastle would be able to accommodate him into their wage structure providing he was offered a similar deal.