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Asensio is on Barcelona’s radar

Marco Asensio of Real Madrid, who will shortly be a free agent, is supposedly a target for Barcelona.

Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio says he “can’t give an answer right now” on the possibility of making a shock move to bitter rivals Barcelona.

During the transfer window, the Spain international, whose contract expires at the end of the season, was regularly linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

And, with no sign of a new contract at Real Madrid, Asensio was believed to be a target for Catalan giants Barcelona this week.

Asked about whether he could ever see himself playing for the Blaugrana in an interview with El Partidazo de COPE, Asensio replied:

“Honestly, I don’t know.

“I have not thought about it or weighed it up. I can’t give an answer right now.”

If Asensio joins Barcelona, he would join a limited group of players who have played for both of Spain’s major teams, including Luis Figo, Ronaldo, and Samuel Eto’o.

Marcos Alonso, a Madrid academy graduate who recently joined the Camp Nou side from Chelsea, is the most recent example.

Asensio added:

“[The speculation] is normal.

“In seven months, from January, I am free to sign for another club. A lot more will come out.

“I had 200 messages this morning [regarding the Barcelona speculation]. I am in a world where there are a lot of rumours, and I can’t control that.”

Asensio has yet to start a game for Real Madrid this season, having played only 48 minutes in four outings across all competitions.

He scored against RB Leipzig in the Champions League last week but came in as an 86th-minute substitute in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid the following weekend.

Asensio has been a regular starter for Real Madrid, however, since the emergence of Valverde on the right wing.

It has been impossible to drop Valverde from the starting lineup.

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