Liverpool Icon Steve McManaman has urged Spanish international Marco Asensio to join Arsenal or Tottenham.
Marco Asensio joined Real Madrid from Mallorca in 2014. The Spanish international has scored 49 goals in 235 appearances for Real Madrid. Asensio has one year left on his Real Madrid contract.
The 26-year-old Spanish international has fallen out of the pecking order at Real Madrid last season under Carlo Ancelotti. Asensio made it clear earlier this year that he is willing to leave Real Madrid for more playing time.
A couple of English teams are monitoring the situation of Marco Asensio at Real Madrid. Arsenal, Manchester United, and Tottenham are all interested in signing the Spanish international this summer.
What did Steve McManaman say?
Speaking via HorseRacing.net, Steve McManaman said: “I believe Arsenal or Tottenham would be a good next move for Marcos Asensio.
“I think he would suit the Premier League. He’s a good player. He needs to play more. That goes without saying.
“Isco’s leaving. Marcelo’s left. Gareth Bale’s left. I think Real Madrid is just trying to take stock a little bit. It wouldn’t surprise me if they bought somebody else.
“They may need a forward. They’ve got Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo, but they probably need Asensio as well at this moment in time.
“If they are to let him leave, I think they’ll bring somebody else in. They haven’t got enough forwards to let people go.
“He’s an excellent player, he’s just not hit the heights at Madrid as he did when he burst into the team. He probably hasn’t progressed enough for them.
“So he hasn’t nailed down a starting position for himself. It’ll be interesting to see what he does. Real Madrid is sometimes happy to let players run down their contracts and leave on a free.
“They may just say “stay until the end of the season, then you can go”. It will be surprising if they let him go now without bringing somebody in, it really would.
“The way he plays, I think Tottenham or Arsenal would suit him. You don’t want to be disrespectful to teams like Newcastle, but they’re still a work in progress.
“I think the better a team he goes for, would help Asensio. I don’t think he’s a player that you could stick in that Newcastle team at the moment and hope that he’s going to beat ten men and score loads of goals.
“He’s not that type of player. I think he’s more suited to a well-rounded team. Tottenham and Arsenal; teams that are around the top of the league and play that style of football.”
Marco Asensio has won three La Liga and three Champions League with Real Madrid.