An update has emerged regarding Leeds’ interest in Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio.
According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, the Whites are one of three Premier League club eyeing up the 26-year-old. Everton and Leicester are also said to be keen on the attacker, who has two years left on his contract with the Spanish giants.
The report claims that Marcelo Bielsa is looking at Asensio as a possible alternative target to Wolves winger Adama Traore as he chases attacking reinforcements before the end of the transfer window.
Leeds must get a deal over the line for Asensio as he could form a terrific partnership with Patrick Bamford at Elland Road. The 26-year-old is capable of playing in a variety of positions and could link up with the former Chelsea man by playing in the number 10 role or on either wing, offering Bielsa a multitude of ways to utilise him in the Premier League.
Asensio has 37 goals and 22 assists for Los Blancos’ first team. This includes scoring in the UEFA Super Cup and Champions League final for Real Madrid, which shows that he is made for the big occasion and able to perform at the pinnacle of club football.
Bamford, meanwhile, scored 17 goals and provided seven assists in the English top flight last season, so imagine the pair terrorising opposition defences with their ability to score and create goals. They both have a proven record of doing so, as shown by their statistical returns, and they could be a lethal pairing for Bielsa next season.
Former Real Madrid players Guti and Raul have been quick to praise Asensio in the past. The former gushed: “Asensio is a lot better player than I was. He has an unlimited ceiling, his head is very well furnished and will depend on what he wants to do in the world of football. The future is in his feet.”
Raul added: “He has much to offer now and a great future ahead of him. He’s a young guy, eager to work and he’s currently doing very well.”
The pair made 1,293 appearances for Real Madrid between them, winning numerous trophies, and this shows that they know what they are talking about. They are legends of the Bernabeu and hence are not likely to praise players at the club too lightly.
Therefore, the £125k-per-week Asensio should be a priority target for Victor Orta and Bielsa at Leeds. They need to ensure that they can get a deal over the line ahead of Everton and Leicester, as he could be a terrific signing for the Yorkshire club if he teams up with Bamford.
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