Leeds United could make a move for Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio in the current transfer window. The Spaniard has been at Real Madrid since 2014, and played a key role for them under previous manager Zinedine Zidane.
As per Fichajes, new Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti does not see Asensio in his plans for the upcoming season and will allow him to leave the club.
Leeds United, along with Premier League rivals Everton and Leicester City, are interested in signing the 25-year-old. The report states that Leeds United move in for Asensio should they miss out on signing Wolves’ Adama Traore.
Asensio has just two years remaining on his current deal at Real Madrid. He has played 193 times for the club, scoring 37 goals and 22 assists.
Marco Asensio to Leeds United – A top option for Bielsa?
Marco Asensio was a key player under Zinedine Zidane, who helped the Spaniard’s game during his time as Real Madrid manager. The Spanish winger is a clever player, who primarily plays on the right side of attack. The left-footer likes to take on players, hold the ball to allow his teammates to come into play, while also threading through passes into the main striker.
Asensio has a strong left foot, capable of scoring goals from outside the box or put in crosses. The 25-year-old likes to move into central areas from the wide positions, while also dropping deep to get involved in the build-up play. He is a quick and skilful player with the ball at his feet and isn’t afraid to take on defenders.
He could be a good addition to the Leeds squad and can improve under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa. The Whites have so far signed left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona, while they have secured Jack Harrison on a permanent deal from Manchester City.
Asensio could play on either wing or even as a No. 10 for Leeds. But, if he is bought purely as a right-sided winger, it may not make sense until they sell a player in the same position.
Leeds currently have two left-footed, right-sided wingers – Raphinha and Helder Costa. Raphinha was a breath of fresh air to the Leeds attack when he joined in the January transfer window, which reduced Costa’s game time.
Costa may have to be sold to make way for Asensio, who would be a major upgrade in that position. Both Raphinha and Asensio can play on the opposite wing, and they could be used in rotation with Harrison on the left. Asensio is a player who has achieved a lot in his young career and he has the ability to make Leeds United a stronger attacking unit.