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Transfer rumours: Arsenal ‘explore’ Marco Asensio transfer

Posted on June 13, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

The most obvious sign of a transfer window approaching is, of course, the multitude of transfer rumours which most outlets, frankly, just throw against the wall and hope that at least something stays on.

Many reasonably reliable journalists have reported about Arsenal’s interest in Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans as manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu seek to strengthen the attacking and midfield ranks. However, there are always more of those stories which intelligent people find hard to believe, and one such has come from the Mirror a few days ago. Apparently, the Gunners are currently ‘exploring’ the possibility of signing Marco Asensio from Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old winger has been known to those following top-level football for a while now, having joined Los Blancos in 2016 and made 235 appearances in all competitions for the 14-time European champions. He has 49 goals and 24 assists to his name.

Asensio’s place in the starting XI under former Chelsea and Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is far from guaranteed at the moment as Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes both rush towards the top of their game. Even the fact that the likes of Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard haven’t played an important role for a long time now hasn’t really helped him make a household name of himself at the Santiago Bernabeu. And with his contract about to enter its final 12 months, Real have apparently offered him a new one or to be put on the for-sale list, and he has to make his mind up by 20 June.

But even if Asensio does decide to leave Real Madrid for more game-time, there are several questions to which the answers don’t make the proposed move to the Emirates likely. First of all, would he be open to joining a club which won’t be playing in the Champions League next term? The Mirror’s report suggest this particular issue would be a downside, but not a certified ‘deal-breaker’. That, however, isn’t easy to believe. Also, Real aren’t likely to sell cheap regardless of the contract situation, and Arsenal surely need to invest elsewhere to boost their ranks this summer.

All in all, if you’re hoping for Asensio to join Arsenal during the upcoming window, by all means, hope on; but don’t hold your breath.

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