United Could Sacrifice Their Top Talent For Marco Asensio

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio celebrates.

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Manchester United’s uprising star Marcus Rashford could be on his way out of the club in the near future with Real Madrid likely to be his destination.

The academy graduate has gone on to become a pivotal player for the first team since his introduction to the big stage under former manager Louis van Gaal in the 2015-16 season. He is one of the brightest talents of English football, and has garnered immense attention. Also at the club level, he has shown his attributes with plenty of offings and the potential to be a world class player in the future.

European and Spanish champions Real are fond of the teenager, and could likely make a bid for the player as they want to strengthen their attacking options. According to Spanish outlet Dario Gol, United manager Jose Mourinho is open to the idea of letting Rashford go to Madrid, but there is a condition: The Portuguese wants Spanish youngster Marco Asensio in return.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford.

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Interestingly, Zinedine Zidane’s side has a bolstering attacking unit, and with their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo slowly entering the twilight of his career, Real feel Rashford could be his perfect replacement. The forward’s ability to play on the left-wing and as a striker could offer a lot to Los Blancos. The English prodigy has gone on to score 26 goals in 87 matches for the Old Trafford unit, and Real are set to continue to monitor his situation.

Asensio, meanwhile, is a player that has drawn a lot of interest from top European clubs, and is touted to be a future superstar. He has already contributed to the club winning the La Liga and the Champions League last season, and is an integral part of the squad. His consistency has Mourinho interested, and United could only agree to let Rashford go if Asensio is sent the other way.

But this deal will not be easy at all, especially with the Spaniard having recently signed a new six-year contract, which consists of a whopping £442 million clause in his name.

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Written by Rajdeep Saha 

Sports journalist with stints across print, digital and television. Contribution to each medium has been thrilling. Experienced in writing for this passionate game called football. Journalist by choice and passion.

 

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