Tottenham Hotspur could look to replicate their Gareth Bale masterstroke last season with a move for one of his fellow teammates…
According to the Sunday Mirror (10th April, page 73), Spurs are among the first teams to have been offered the chance to sign Marco Asensio, who Real Madrid are trying to offload this summer.
The LaLiga outfit are looking for around £30m, despite the Spaniard’s contract being up in 2023.
Valued at £36m by Transfermarkt, Asensio could prove to be quite the bargain at a cheaper price and Spurs’ move for Bale last term showed why a lack of game time and form at the Spanish giants can easily be ignored.
The Welshman, often left in the stands under Zinedine Zidane, arrived back in north London with little match fitness under his belt but that didn’t stop him from delivering 16 goals and three assists in all competitions.
Only Harry Kane and Heung-min Son contributed to more goals.
The 26-year-old has arguably enjoyed one of his finer seasons at the Bernabeu, even despite him being in and out of the starting XI – as per Transfermarkt, he’s provided 11 direct goal contributions from 35 appearances.
However, he’s started just once since mid-February in LaLiga.
Asensio was once tipped to win the Ballon d’Or and has previously been lauded for his “magical” ability by teammate Casemiro – an average of 1.5 and 1.6 key passes per 90 across the past two seasons suggests he’s very much a creative influence in the final third.
Also dubbed a “special talent” by ex-Man City midfielder Joey Barton, the Madrid star could provide manager Antonio Conte with another depth option in the engine room, especially if Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele leave permanently in the summer following their loan stints away.
Just as Bale did, Asensio could make a considerable impact in a Lilywhites shirt and whilst £30m may be a stretch, it’s currently under his estimated worth.