After an inconsistent 2022/23 season that fell short of expectations in terms of titles – with only the Copa del Rey secured – Real Madrid is set to make some targeted changes to its professional squad. The highly anticipated signing is Jude Bellingham, while on the departure front, some players whose contracts are nearing expiration are not expected to renew.
One such player is Marco Asensio, who, despite being approached by the Merengues’ board for a new contract, appears inclined to seek a new career adventure in another league. According to journalist Fabrizio Romano’s investigation, Aston Villa submitted an official proposal to Marco Asensio’s representatives last week, and negotiations between the parties have been progressing in recent days.
As per the mentioned source, the Spanish forward has yet to make his decision, but the fact that it involves a traditional Premier League club currently led by the successful Unai Emery positions Villa favorably in the race for the player.
Having been with Real Madrid since mid-2015, Marco Asensio has received other inquiries in this transfer market, including interest from PSG and Italian clubs. However, none of them have formalized their pursuit. This means that, for now, the only official proposal in the hands of the 27-year-old forward is precisely from Aston Villa.
Marco Asensio in Aston Villa
Qualified for the Conference League, Aston Villa has important plans for the upcoming season. Asensio is the main figure in a transfer window that is expected to be even more active for the Birmingham club.
The Villains have been linked to Ferrán Torres (Barcelona), Giovanni Lo Celso (Villarreal), Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds), and Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) in recent weeks, but no negotiations have been initiated.
Since Unai Emery arrived at Villa Park in October 2022, Aston Villa has made a remarkable turnaround, climbing up from the lower end of the table to secure a spot in the Conference League, the third international competition in European football. The team surpassed Tottenham and finished in seventh place in the Premier League with 61 points.