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Arsenal are leading the race for a player with the club wanting £384m less than the release clause

CalcioMercato claim Arsenal are leading the race for Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio this summer – ahead of Milan and other prospects. Asensio is about to enter the last 12 months of his Real contract.

Asensio, 26, has made 229 appearances for Madrid since joining the first-team – having a hand in 70 goals, scoring 47 of his own and providing 23 assists. But his future is uncertain and he could leave.

An earlier report from the Sunday Mirror (10/04, p.73) claims Madrid are willing to part ways with the Spain international for just £30m – £384m less than his whopping £414m release clause (mirror).

Arsenal could therefore land the attacking midfielder at a bargain price in the upcoming window. They have a good relationship with Madrid and bought Martin Odegaard from the Bernabeu for £40m last summer.

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Arsenal win Asensio race: Why Gunners probably don’t need him

Asensio can do magic. A player with enormous talent, but one who is unlikely to show it consistently. He certainly improves Arsenal but the Gunners need other players a lot more than Asensio.

They really need two strikers – in Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah without a contract. A high profile midfielder alongside Thomas Partey. Cover as a full-back and possibly as a replacement for Bernd Leno.

In the 10th reel they have a number of players – Odegaard, Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka and more. Do you really need Asensio? Not as much as players in other positions.

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In other news, Arteta believes he can salvage a £53m striker’s career at Arsenal… if he signs for just £30m

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Brian Ashcraft

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