After failing to sign Gareth Bale on numerous instances, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho seems to have turned his attention towards the 21-year-old Spanish international, Marco Asensio.
The striker signed a new deal at the Bernabeu this September, which sees his contract with the La Liga outfit extend up to 2023, with a humongous release clause of £442 million.
United are, however, fancying their chances of signing the Madrid midfielder nonetheless, as reports from Spanish media outlet Don Balon suggest that Mourinho no longer considers Bale his top priority.
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The Welshman has been prone to injuries, and does not boast of a stellar record in the recent past. With age on his side, Mourinho feels that Asensio could add creativity, skill, options, and goals to the United squad.
After impressing last season, which also saw him score a screamer in the Spanish Super Cup, Asensio’s reputation has grown in the European circuit.
The young starlet already has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name this season, but his form post the Spanish Super Cup seems to have gone downwards. He has failed to start for Madrid even after showing so much quality.
In a season where Madrid has gotten off to a very uncharacteristic start in the La Liga, and with the likes of Benzema and Ronaldo far from their usual best, it is a surprise how Asensio still finds himself on the bench on a regular basis.
Mourinho feels that the Spanish youngster has a huge career in front of him, and with limited opportunities at his disposal at the Bernabeu, a move away to Old Trafford may be the best thing for the talented attacking midfielder.
Written by Sourish Saha
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