The next team to enter the race for Real Madrid striker Marco Asensio is Newcastle.
Numerous teams are reportedly keeping tabs on the 26-year-old Spaniard after he made it plain he wanted to leave Los Blancos this summer.
The likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, and AC Milan have reportedly expressed interest, and according to AS, the Magpies have now entered the race.
The wealthy Magpies continue to compete for the best players in the world with their financial clout under their Saudi ownership, and they apparently believe Asensio is one of them.
The attacking midfielder’s contract in the Spanish capital expires next summer and with no signs of an extension being agreed, a summer switch appears likely as club president Florentino Perez looks to avoid losing him for free.
The Mallorca native was previously a rising star at the Bernabeu but has fallen out of favour in recent years, starting only 19 times in LaLiga last term.
But having still managed 12 goals in 42 outings overall in 2021-22, the Geordies will see him as a player capable of making an impact in the Premier League.
If Newcastle decides to go with a move, the 28-cap international is expected to cost between £20 and £25 million.
Boss Eddie Howe is also said to be chasing Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta, though reports in France say Arsenal have also made enquiries about the Brazilian.
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