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Arsenal ‘in the dressing room’ to steal Man Utd target with agent ‘on hold’ to speak to Edu | Soccer | sport

By on August 28, 2022 0

Arsenal are said to be ‘in the box’ to sign Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio ahead of Manchester United. The Spanish winger is expected to leave Los Blancos before Thursday’s transfer deadline and is said to have representatives on standby in London ready to engage in talks with Gunners chief Edu.

The 26-year-old has fallen down the Real Madrid pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti of late and the Italian manager has admitted the striker is now looking to leave the Spanish capital 11 months before his contract expires. The striker is believed to have attracted many Premier League admirers in recent months and a move to England before Thursday’s deadline is increasingly likely.

According to MirrorArsenal are said to be ‘in the box’ to clinch the three-time Champions League winner despite interest from United and Tottenham. In an effort to resolve the uncertainty surrounding his future, Asensio has teamed up with Jorge Mendes’ agency Gestifute and it is believed that preparations are underway ahead of a potential move to the Emirates.

A representative from the agency is now said to be on standby in London, ready to hold talks on a potential deal. The Gunners face a race against time to complete a transfer with days to go before the current window.

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Arsenal have made no secret of their desire to land a winger this simmer but failed in their efforts to land Raphinha from Leeds as Barcelona emerged victorious in this particular transfer. After agreeing to loan the club record signing Nicolas Pepe from Nice for the upcoming season, it looks increasingly likely that Mikel Arteta will push to add a new striker to his ranks in the coming days.

The north Londoners again face competition from a transfer target from a familiar foe at United, with the Red Devils waiting in the wings above Asensio. If Erik ten Hag’s side see a deal to bring Ajax winger Antony to Old Trafford, United are believed to be considering Asensio as their back-up option.

Tottenham have also reportedly expressed interest in signing the Spain international on 28 occasions this summer, but are believed to have since cooled their interest. With Asensio now in the final year of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid are understandably keen to cash in on the winger who refused to commit to a new contract with the club. The reigning European champions are believed to be demanding a £23.5m fee for the striker.