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Real Madrid Ready to Sell 26-year-old Midfield Talisman in January, Arsenal to Revive Interest

Arsenal, January transfer exits, winter window, failed targets

Arsenal are reportedly set to renew their interest in Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio.

The January transfer window is almost here and Arsenal are being linked with a number of players. Various early reports had mentioned the club’s interest in Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio. With clubs focusing on their transfer strategies now, fresh reports indicate that Los Blancos are willing to sell the player, with the Gunners wanting to sign him.

Marco Asensio at Real Madrid, Arsenal, Asensio, Real Madrid
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Arsenal currently sit atop the Premier League and they strive to continue their good run in the second half of the season. Therefore, they do not want to repeat the mistake of last January window when they failed to sign any player. Manager Mikel Arteta wants to sign specific players this time to strengthen his squad and challenge the champions Manchester City.

Arsenal want to prioritise signings of wingers during the upcoming window. Therefore, the Londoners are being linked heavily with various attackers, the top two names being Shakhtar Donetsk’s young sensation Mykhaylo Mudryk and out-of-favour Real Madrid star Marco Asensio. The club has now received some positive news regarding the Spanish winger.

According to Mundo Deportivo (via Football.London), the La Liga giants are ready to hear offers for Asensio in January. Arsenal, who were linked with the player during the summer as well, could reignite their interest following this news. The report added that the club has been following the 26-year-old for quite some time now as he can play in multiple positions — winger, attacking midfielder or as false striker.

Real Madrid, the current Spanish and European champions, want to trim down their squad. Asensio is just one of the four players the club wants to part ways with. The other three players are Alvaro Odriozola, Jesus Vallejo and Dani Ceballos, who was at the Emirates Stadium on loan between 2019 and 2021.

Player Analysis

Marco Asensio arrived at the Bernabeu as a teenager from Real Mallorca in the summer of 2015 for a fee of around £2.5m. The club then sent him on loan to Espanyol where he stayed for one season. Since then, he has made 250 appearances for Real Madrid and has 52 goals and 27 assists for the Spanish giants in all competitions (stats via Transfermarkt).

During his time with Real Madrid, which spans more than six seasons,  the Spaniard has won it all — La Liga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Supercup, FIFA Club World Cup and many other trophies.

He also has 35 appearances with the Spain national team. He was a part of Luis Enrique’s team at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and scored the second goal in the 7-0 routing of Costa Rica in the team’s opening match.

This season under Carlo Ancelotti, Asensio has struggled for game-time. In 14 league games so far, he has played in nine games, with just one start under his belt. In the Champions League group stage, he has just two starts in six matches. He has fallen off the pecking order, with Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo ahead of him.

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With only six months remaining in his contract, Asensio’s future will certainly be a hot topic this upcoming transfer window. It would be interesting to see if Arsenal pounce upon this situation and bring him in.

Madrid would not like to lose him for free in the summer and thus, the North London club could avoid spending a huge sum on him by making a deal in January itself. Moreover, the Gunners could attract him easily given their strong position in the league and by offering him better wages, with him currently earning a £118,000-a-week salary.

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Abir Chaudhuri
A football fan who loves to write about the game.

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