FC Barcelona Study Signing Marco Asensio From Bitter Rivals Real Madrid

FC Barcelona are studying the signing of Marco Asensio from Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old is a free agent next summer, and looked set to leave the club in the recently closed transfer window amid strong interest from AC Milan, Arsenal and Newcastle United.

As approaches from these clubs never became concrete, however, the Palma native stayed put at the Bernabeu and has been left disappointed by his lack of playing time under Carlo Ancelotti.

Last week, Asensio was rewarded with a cameo against RB Leipzig in the Champions League and responded by scoring a goal during stoppage time in the 2-0 home win.

On Sunday, however, he was again benched for the Madrid derby and finds himself down the pecking order behind the likes of Brazilian youngsters Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior.

Over in Catalonia then, Barca are currently looking to make improvements to their squad and are said to be “very attentive” to Asensio’s situation according to Mundo Deportivo.

As Asensio is free to talk to who he wants at the turn of 2023, the upcoming winter market is the last that Real Madrid would be able to sell him in and make some cash.

With this in mind, they may be willing to sell him in January for a cut fee as opposed to seeing a player on their books since November 2014 walk on a free – especially if his next destination could be their eternal enemy at Camp Nou.

MD say that Asensio’s “age, level and tactical adaptability” are what stands out to Barca top brass, who see him as a “mature player” but one who still has “a long career ahead of him”.

By joining the Blaugrana, however, Asensio would instantly become a pariah in the eyes of Real Madrid fans who despite his fall from grace in recent years probably still view him as a club legend that has won four Champions League titles in their colors.

For Barca, pulling off the coup would act as a form of revenge for the debacle that ensued in 2000 when their star player Luis Figo switched allegiances to Madrid in a world record transfer deal that has recently been explained in a popular NetflixNFLX

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomsanderson/2022/09/19/fc-barcelona-study-signing-marco-asensio-from-bitter-rivals-real-madrid/