Real Madrid have already splashed over €300m ahead of the new season but they continue to be linked with big-money signings, most notably in midfield where the club are said to be interested Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen (AS).
Eriksen has already revealed his intention to seek a new challenge with The Sun reporting a few days ago that Madrid are ready to offer £45million for the Danish star plus blossoming midfielder Dani Ceballos.
However, the report suggests that Tottenham prefer 23-year-old Marco Asensio in return for Eriksen rather than Ceballos. Madrid are reportedly reluctant to let Asensio leave as they have already rebuffed offers from Juventus for the Spanish international’s signature.
Former striker Tony Cascarino has now admitted that he is puzzled by Asensio’s lack of playing time in the Spanish capital and opined that he will look to leave the club this summer.
Speaking to Weekend Sports Breakfast on TalkSport (22/06/2019 at 8:10 am), Cascarino said, “The Ansensio is a really strange one. When all the carnage of last season, with Zidane leaving and Ronaldo leaving, Asensio was going to be pushed up the pecking order. He was going to be a certain starter.
“He has hardly played a part this year. He’s what 22-year-old. He has been given that golden chance yet it hasn’t happened. And he’ll be one of the scapegoats of the season. He will leave the club.”
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While Asensio is clearly talented, it doesn’t appear as if Zidane wants to let the young midfielder leave this summer. If this report suggesting that Spurs want him in part exchange for Eriksen is true, then this might just be a tactic by Daniel Levy to keep Madrid’s clutches off the Dane. It will be interesting to see how this progresses over the next few weeks.
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