Just when you thought the transfer window was starting to swing closed…
There’s nothing like a late August rumour to get pulses racing and bookmakers on their toes. After months of speculation that Real’s 21 year old midfield sensation could be snapped up by Liverpool, Spanish football pundits at Diario Gol say that Arsenal intends to make a move on the Spanish star.
Bookies caught napping?
The transfer window is one of the busiest times of the year for bookmakers. Eager football fans eager are keen to demonstrate their knowledge of the inner workings of the game by correctly predicting who will go where. This is why a look at any of the best UK bookmakers sites will reveal a whole list of top European footballers, along with quoted odds on them moving to this, that or the other team.
But till this week, the name Marco Asensio was conspicuous by its absence. The bookies were as sure as the rest of us that he would be seeing out his contract at Real after a stellar season and that, promising though he is, nobody would want to sniff around him when there was a £72 million release clause in the way and Liverpool have already had a £42 million offer rejected earlier in the year. But what a difference a week makes.
Asensio’s relationship with Real bosses appears to have rapidly soured, as he has attempted to negotiate improved terms with the La Liga champions. Asensio believes his contribution to the team is undervalued. This is at the heart of the contract dispute which developed recently.
This has caused other interested parties to come knocking, with Manchester City, Juventus and now Arsenal expressing an interest. And with money to burn following Neymar’s record transfer to Paris St Germain, Barcelona could also wish to throw their hat into the ring.
As a result, Asensio has requested “emergency talks” with his employers in an attempt to break the deadlock. There’s no doubt that he will attempt to use the interest of Arsenal and others as leverage. There’s nothing like an English club to firm up a more lucrative deal with your club. Currently tied into a youth salary, Asensio’s earnings are well below the £5.5m per year he wants.
A move to London?
Asensio enjoyed an impressive 2016/17 campaign, scoring 10 goals in all competitions. His high-profile scoring performance in the Champion’s League final in June underlined his potential.
The Spanish press reports that Arsène is willing to activate Asensio’s £72 million release clause. Despite his record on signings and prevarication, Asensio, they claim, is heading to the Emirates. With Wenger all but giving up on signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco, Asensio could be exactly what the club needs.