Barcelona are keeping close tabs on the contract situation of Marco Asensio and could make a swoop for the Real Madrid winger next summer, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The 26-year-old Asensio has entered the final year of his contract with Real Madrid and looks poised to leave the club as a free agent in 2023.
Talks were held over a deal in the past, but his wage demands led to the discussions stalling. Following that, Asensio was linked with an exit all summer long, with clubs like Liverpool, AC Milan and Arsenal being credited with an interest. However, no move materialised.
The Spanish international has struggled for game-time this season under Carlo Ancelotti. And with his situation unlikely to improve, a departure looks like a strong possibility.
Barça are thus closely following the situation as they eye up a Bosman move for the former RCD Mallorca winger.
The report states that Barcelona see Asensio as a quality player who can add a lot of value with his versatility and tactical adaptability. At 26, he has garnered plenty of experience at the highest level but still has a lot of time left in his career.
Despite having not been a regular starter last season, the Spanish international managed to score 12 goals, indicating the quality he can add to the team even as a substitute.
On top of that, Asensio would be available for free, which makes him an enticing option for the Blaugrana, who are on the lookout for such opportunities in the market.
What would make the transfer a strong possibility is that Asensio is represented by Jorge Mendes, who has close ties with Barcelona president Joan Laporta. If such a move would go through, it would certainly spark a lot of controversy.
For now, Barcelona are continuing to track the situation of Asensio, who can enter talks over pre-contract agreement with clubs starting January 2023, when he will enter the final six months of his deal.