Real Madrid is desperate to increase Asensio’s current release clause in case a rival club come in for him. The young forward is currently contracted until 2020 and Real would likely put up a fight to keep him if someone did make an offer. Real boss Zinedine Zidane wants to avoid the situation Barcelona found with Neymar, when he was forcibly bought by PSG for £200million in the summer.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, Real will hand Asensio a new contract until 2023 and insert into it a £442m release clause. The hope is that such a incredible figure will deter any club from even considering an approach for the 21-year-old. The Spain international has been in great form at the start of the new season, scoring four times in all competitions for Madrid. Asensio’s impressive performances have led to an extension that will keep him at Santiago Bernabeu for another six years.
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The 21-year-old broke into the Madrid first team last season after a prior loan spell with Espanyol, having been signed from Mallorca in 2015. Asensio made his senior international bow in May 2016, establishing himself in the Spain squad this term. The Madrid star will discuss his renewal at a news conference on Friday, following in the footsteps of teammates Marcos Llorente and Raphael Varane, who have also recently agreed new terms.
Los Blancos have pivoted toward younger players of late, with the likes of Asensio, Mateo Kovacic and Borja Mayoral seeing plenty of minutes. Of that group, Asensio is definitely the top performer right now, and locking him up to a new long-term deal removes any worries the club may have had regarding his future.
The news will also serve as a much-needed boost of momentum for the club following a poor start to the La Liga season, with Barcelona already sitting seven points ahead in the standings.