Manchester United are reportedly looking into a deal for Marco Asensio, who shined in his breakthrough spell with Real Madrid last season. The 21-year-old was integrated into Zinedine Zidane’s squad last term following loan spells with Mallorca and Espanyol respectively in the previous two seasons.
Spanish outlet Don Balon cites that the Spanish forward has emerged as an option for Jose Mourinho as he looks to bolster their attack further during the summer transfer window. Asensio played second fiddle to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Isco for much of the previous season, but he still managed to rack 10 goals across all competitions.
He was also a leading performer for Spain at the European Championships held in Poland last month, where they were eventually defeated by Germany in the final by a 1-0 scoreline. Asensio is due to rejoin his Madrid teammates following their pre-season tour of the United States, and he is expected to hold contractual negotiations with the European champions amid interest from both Manchester United and Arsenal.
United struggled to get goals on a regular basis during the previous campaign, and this contributed to their 15 draws – the most in the top-flight last term. The signing of Romelu Lukaku will help the Red Devils become more clinical in front of goal, but Mourinho could still favour a player of Asensio’s calibre, whose pace and physical attributes make him the perfect fit.
Nevertheless, there is still a strained relationship between Manchester United and Real Madrid, and this could hinder any proposed move, should the player himself want a switch to Old Trafford this summer. Manchester United end their pre-season tour of the United States with a clash against Barcelona tomorrow at the FedEx Stadium in Landover, Maryland.