Within the Madridista discussion forums, few transfer topics raise as strong opinions as the future of Marco Asensio
At 26 years old, Asensio has yet to mature into the superstar he promised to be during his early years at Real Madrid. Despite having a good season and his most regular run of starts under Carlo Ancelotti since 2018, he has lost his starting spot to a mixture of Fede Valverde and Rodrygo Goes. It’s also the first time he’s reached double figures in goals since helping them win the Champions League last season.
Those 11 goals have not been enough to win him a starting spot as the tournament enters the final stretch. Asensio has played just two minutes in Europe after being replaced in the Round of 16 match against Paris Saint-Germain.
This has fueled a lot of conjecture about his future, especially since he ditched his agent Horacio Gaggioli in favour of Jorge Mendes. With his contract expiring in 2023, it looks that his prospects of remaining at the club are dependent on accepting a lower pay.
If he decides to leave the club for a few minutes this summer, he will have to pay Florentino Perez a sizable fee. According to Sport, Asensio’s asking price is €35-40 million.
Whether that is a bargaining position or not, it is doubtful that many teams would part with that much money for a player who has a year remaining on their contract but isn’t starting.