Manchester United plot ambitious move for Spanish star

By Mark Peters IN General,La Liga,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 24th 2017

There have certainly been plenty of encouraging signs on Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the USA, with Manchester City beaten 2-0 in Houston and Real Madrid edged out on penalties following a 1-1 draw in California.

Since taking charge at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho has concentrated on adding quality, rather than quantity, to his squad, bringing in the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku.

That transfer policy shows no sign of changing if reports in the Daily Star are to be believed, with the Red Devils said to be interested in prizing Marco Asensio away from Real Madrid.

MARCO ASENSIO

The European champions are desperate to hold onto the incredibly talented 21-year-old amid interest from Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, but a lack of playing time may cause him to look elsewhere.

In what was his first campaign as a fully fledged member of the Real Madrid squad in 2016/17, the attacking midfielder/winger certainly had a positive impact upon his team’s results:

Marco Asensio
POS: MIDAGE: 21Y 6M
HEIGHT: 5FT 10INWEIGHT: 11ST 11LB
 
LL | RMD | 16/1716/17 16/17 | RMD | LL
WITHWITHOUT
23
MATCHES
15
83%
WIN%
67%
13%
DRAW%
20%
4%
LOSS%
13%
73
GOALS FOR
33
25
GOALS AGAINST
16
3.2
GOALS F
PER GAME
2.2
1.1
GOALS A
PER GAME
1.1
28.4
MINS PER
GOALS F
40.9
82.8
MINS PER
GOALS A
84.4
14.2
SHOTS F
PER GAME
13
2.6
POINTS
PER GAME
2.2
6
CLEAN SHEETS
4
10
TOTAL
2

Not only did Zinedine Zidane’s men win an extra 16% of the top-flight matches in which Asensio featured, but they also scored an extra one goal per game on average.

On the downside, however, just 11 of his 23 appearances came as a starter and this is unlikely to change with the continued involvement of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco:

Marco Asensio
POS: MIDAGE: 21Y 6M
HEIGHT: 5FT 10INWEIGHT: 11ST 11LB
LL | Espanyol | 15/1616/17 | Real Madrid | LL
GOALS
ASSISTS
GAMES
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
AUG
2
1
3
SEP
3
1
3
3
OCT
2
2
4
NOV
2
4
DEC
2
1
4
JAN
2
1
4
FEB
1
4
MAR
2
1
1
2
5
APR
5
1
2
1
3
MAY
3
1
4
10
34
TOTAL
23
2
3

When given the opportunity to play regularly, on loan at Espanyol in the 2015/16 campaign, the 21-year-old weighed in with four goals and ten assists for what was a mid-table side, thus highlighting his enormous potential.

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