By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal have made an offer to Real Madrid playmaker Marco Asensio this summer, according to a report.
Don Balon reports that the North London club are interested in landing the 21-year-old and they have presented him with a huge offer to join them next season.
The Spanish outlet claims that Premier League rivals Manchester United are also considering a move for the youngster this summer.
The report also claims that Serie A champions Juventus have presented the Spaniard with an offer and they are willing to do everything within their power to secure him especially if talisman Paulo Dybala joins Barcelona.
It is said that Madrid are not willing to sell the Spaniard this summer but the player is reportedly desperate to be guaranteed an important role at the Bernabeu next season.
Asensio enjoyed a sensational breakthrough campaign with the Spanish giants last season, scoring a total of 10 goals and providing four assists in all competitions.
The Spaniard scored the final goal in the Champions League final as Madrid won back-to-back trophies with a 4-1 victory over Juventus.
Asensio also demonstrated his class in the Under-21 European Championships with the Spain national team this summer, notching up a hat-trick in the opening match against Macedonia.
The youngster’s current contract at the Bernabeu runs out in 2022.
Football Insider verdict
It seems very clear that Real Madrid have no intention of selling Asensio this summer. However, the fact that Arsenal are being linked with such a talented player shows their desire to improve on their disappointing campaign last season. There is absolutely no doubt that Asensio would be a fantastic addition to the North London club but realistically, even if Madrid were willing to sell, the player might not be keen to play Europa league football next season. If Arsenal are serious about pursuing the Spaniard, they must make it clear to Real Madrid and make an official offer.
In other Arsenal news, the Gunners are in a race with Tottenham to land this attacker from one of their title rivals.