Arsenal in advanced talks with €40m-rated Spain international

Marco Asensio is open to remaining at Real Madrid beyond the summer transfer window. But Spain international wants La Liga giants to offer him his desired contract. Los Blancos will demand €40m for Asensio if he decides to leave amid interest from Arsenal and Milan.

Marco has reached a key juncture of his career as he enters the final year of his deal with the Spanish club. The 26-year-old winger was supposed to be a long-term solution in Real Madrid’s front-line but continues to battle for a place as one of the first-choice forwards in the club.

The Spanish forward enjoyed his productive season thus far in 2021/22, amassing 12 goals and two assists in 42 games for Los Blancos across all tournaments. But La Liga giants are in a spot of bother over the Spaniard’s long-term future, with deal renewal negotiations headed nowhere.

Such a situation has captured the attention of Arsenal and Milan. The interest from the Gunners stems from the rising uncertainties surrounding the future of Nicolas Pepe. The Ivorian forward could depart from Arsenal in the summer transfer window after dropping in stature in the Gunners’ first-team squad this past campaign.

If Pepe leaves, the Gunners will need to focus on making two attacking reinforcements, with signing a centre-forward already a priority following Lacazette’s departure. Marco is thus a viable target for the Gunners, who will need to fend off stiff competition from Milan to land Asensio, valued at nearly €40m by Real Madrid.