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Real Madrid Forward Shown Interest From Barcelona: Should Ancelotti Sanction His Exit?

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According to a report from Daily Express, Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio is on the radar of Barcelona. The Catalan club is looking to sign players on a cut-price deal next summer and bring in free transfers due to their financial struggle so the Spanish forward remains a potential target amid several other players.

Marco Asensio’s Numbers For Real Madrid

Marco Asensio has made 268 appearances for Los Blancos, having scored 51 goals across all competitions so far.

Even in the last term, he managed to put up some impressive numbers on the board – averaging 2.1 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game in the Spanish top flight (calculated across 38 appearances), grabbing 11 goals and 2 assists on all fronts.

The Real Madrid man seemed to have recaptured his form prior to his ACL injury which had ruled him out for the 2019/20 season.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid

However, in the current season, the Spaniard has only come on the pitch as a late substitute so he has only managed to find the back of the net once after making eight appearances so far. Capable of playing in central midfield and on the right wing, he could add something different to Barcelona’s attack. However, he remains weak in dropping back on defensive duties which he’ll need to work on (stats via Whoscored).

Should Ancelotti Sanction His Exit?

Asensio excels at creating space for himself and is not afraid to take a shot at a goal from long range. He can also chip in with a few assists producing meaningful chances for his teammates.

As mentioned before, the 26-year-old is primarily a right-winger but remains capable of playing in the centre of the park, which showcases his versatility in proficiently adding significant firepower to the attacking front.

The added lure of Champions League experience makes him a decent option for any club interested in his services. However, Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that Rodrygo will be getting more minutes after putting some influential displays in the front three. This poses a threat to Asensio’s position at the club, hence he would be better off leaving Santiago Bernabeu and playing elsewhere.

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