Serie A giants AS Roma are reportedly eyeing Marco Asensio as a possible replacement for Italian international Nicolo Zaniolo.
According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb, Marco Asensio is the subject of interest from AS Roma over a possible late move in the summer transfer window. The Serie A giants want to sign the Real Madrid attacker as a replacement for Italian international Nicolo Zaniolo, a target for several Premier League clubs.
Marco Asensio has reached a crossroads in his career despite enjoying a productive 2021/22 season with Real Madrid. The Spanish forward had ended the campaign as Real Madrid’s third-highest scorer behind Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. but had still fallen behind Rodrygo Goes in the pecking order.
To make matters more concerning for the player and the club, Asensio has entered the final year of his contract with Real Madrid and is no closer to signing a new deal, with talks over an extension completely stalled. Such a situation has captured the attention of several European bigwigs, including Serie A giants AS Roma.
AS Roma might have to delve into the market for another attacking reinforcement despite bringing in Paulo Dybala in a Bosman move in the ongoing transfer window. The Serie A giants are in a spot of bother over the long-term future of Nicolo Zaniolo, who might depart from Stadio Olimpico soon.
The Italian international has popped up on the radars of several high-profile Premier League clubs in the last weeks, with Tottenham Hotspur keen on signing him. And amid rampant uncertainties surrounding Zaniolo’s long-term AS Roma future, the Serie A giants have set their sights on Marco Asensio.
Asensio has no shortage of suitors either, with Serie A champions AC Milan also interested in him. But the Italian heavyweights are now considering signing the Real Madrid forward in a Bosman move in the 2023 summer transfer window.
Meanwhile, Asensio is open to staying at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the summer transfer window, even if he leaves Real Madrid as a free agent next year. But with AS Roma emerging in his pursuit, it will be interesting to see if his stint with Real Madrid ends this month amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Italian international Nicolo Zaniolo.