Spanish wonder-kid Marco Asensio is reportedly unhappy with his squad role at Real Madrid, having made 37 appearances for Los Blancos this season, 17 of which were off the bench, and wishes to push for a move to Chelsea, according to several media outlets.
To understand if this move will happen or not, let us analyse the current situation at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues currently sit 5th in England’s top flight, after having recently let a 0-1 away lead slip at Old Trafford in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United, with star man Eden Hazard controversially being substituted in the 73rd minute, sparking rumours of the Belgian’s proposed move to Real Madrid to thicken. Reports claim that Hazard is ready to turn down a chance to renew his contract at Chelsea, despite being offered £300,000 per week, in order to force his way to the Santiago Burnabéu. On top of this, talk of Blues coach Antonio Conte refuses to die down, with Alessandro Costacurta of the Italian Football Federation claiming that Conte is the best suited option to manage Gli Azzuri, as well as the Italian’s recent string of disappointing results with the Champions, crashing out of the Carabao Cup in the semi-finals to Arsenal before league defeats to Bournemouth and Watford. Despite reports, Conte has publicly stated his desire to see out his contract with Chelsea, which, if at all possible, will surely hinge on his side achieving a top 4 finish in the league, or, alternatively, winning the Champions League, which would certainly take a monumental effort considering Barcelona’s away goal in the first leg.
So where does Marco Asensio fit in?
The signing of the 22-year old winger would depend entirely on the truth behind the Eden Hazard rumours. Should the current Chelsea player of the year choose to leave London for Madrid in the summer, The Blues would undoubtedly want to have lined up a suitable replacement. A potential player-plus-cash deal could be on the cards for Chelsea, seeing last season’s breakout star in La Liga take Hazard’s left wing position whilst sending the Belgian magician the other way. However, should Hazard wish to stay with Chelsea, Asensio is unlikely to sign, as his search for first team football would only continue on the bench in England, unless the likes of Pedro or Willian were to seek pastures new, which could make room for the 22 year old Spaniard to break into the first team.
Having scored 10 and assisting 5 in all competitions this season with the European Champions, it’s clear to see why Asensio could be unsettled with his lack of consistent starts, especially given the lacklustre season Real Madrid are having.
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