Arsenal want Marco Asensio and are understood to be at the front of the queue for his signature ahead of the transfer deadline on Thursday.
The Gunners have allowed winger Nicolas Pepe to leave the club on loan, returning to France with a move to join Nice.
That means Arsenal may well be in the market for another left-footed winger before the transfer deadline, to replace Pepe and offer competition for Bukayo Saka.
Wolverhampton Wanderers star Pedro Neto is the main name in the frame, but Arsenal could look to raid Real Madrid again after Martin Odegaard’s success.
ARSENAL WANT MARCO ASENSIO
The Mirror report that Arsenal are now ‘in the box seat’ to land Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, leading Manchester United in the race for his signature.
It’s stated that Real want to have Asensio’s future sorted quickly and expect an answer from him on his future within days.
What’s interesting is that Asensio has joined Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency, just as Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for another Mendes client in Neto.
There is now a real push for Asensio to make a move to the Premier League, so Mendes may well have pitched Asensio to Arsenal as an alternative to Neto.
It’s claimed that Tottenham Hotspur did fancy signing Asensio earlier this summer but they have now cooled their interest and aren’t expected to make a move.
United’s interest is in case they can’t sign Ajax winger Antony, so Arsenal appear to be the favourites.