Spanish super club Real Madrid are having a season to forget. By their own lofty standards they are struggling mightily in La Liga, currently languishing down in fourth place, a whopping 17 points behind their eternal rivals Barcelona.
Given that it is little surprise that manager Zinedine Zidane wants to make a big statement in the summer with a marquee signing, but that won’t come cheap. Los Blancos have a plan however, according to the Express, which involves using Marco Asensio as a bargaining chip.
The 22-year old midfielder is one of Europe’s hottest prospects, and has registered four goals and four assists in 19 La Liga appearances this season, despite his side’s struggles. Given his age and clear talent, the Spaniard is a valuable asset, and could be used to bring in an even bigger star.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea are all on Real’s shopping list, and are the likely targets of an attempted swap deal involving Asensio.
The Madrid club have conceded 23 times in 22 league games this season, which is 12 more than Barcelona, and 14 more than their city rivals Atletico. They have however scored 50 times, but neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Karim Benzema have been in their best form this season.