Spanish news source Marca via the Mirror are suggesting that Real Madrid’s under-fire manager Julen Lopetegui is somewhat shockingly prepared to let Spanish international Marco Asensio leave the Bernabeu.

However, Real Madrid will want their apparent £100 million asking-price met at a minimum in-order for them to sanction a transfer.

Chelsea are named as one of the clubs who are keen on Asencio and are alerted to the news from Real Madrid. Liverpool, Paris St-Germain and Manchester United are all among those monitoring the situation around the 22-year old’s future, heading into the January transfer window.

Asensio’s form has been nothing short of spectacular this season for the Champions League holders, scoring just the once in 11 appearances – with the hope that the Spanish international would go up a gear in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer exit to Juventus.

Marco Asensio recent quotes are also carried in the Mirror’s report, where the Spaniard cooled talk of him leaving, insisting that he views his future in the capitol;

I’ve never had the intention to go anywhere.”

This is my third season. In this one I think I have continuity and more prominence, and I’m seeing [improvement in] the performances I’m doing.”

The whole situation could very well change if Madrid’s boss Julen Lopetegui doesn’t improve the club’s form and ultimately ends up being sacked, or if Asencio turns on his undoubted talent and becomes a driving force for the club in the coming months.

Chelsea though will likely be closely watching how this unfolds should the chance present itself to sign one of Europe’s most exciting attacking midfield talents.

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