City eye Real Madrid star after losing out on Alexis Sanchez

City eye Real Madrid star after losing out on Alexis Sanchez

Manchester City are eyeing a move for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio after missing out on Alexis Sanchez, reports the Manchester Evening News.

City pulled out of a deal for Sanchez over transfer fee and wage demands last week, paving the way for the Chile international to join rivals Manchester United.

The Arsenal star is expected to complete a cash plus player – the man being Henrikh Mkhitaryan – deal that will take him to Old Trafford by the end of the week.

City will however, not rest on their laurels, and instead now will turn their attention to Spain international and Madrid superstar Marco Asensio.

Described as one of the most promising young talents in Europe, Asensio has thrust himself into the Madrid starting line-up over the past year, and is now a key figure in Zinedine Zidane’s midfield.

Asensio has made 16 appearances this season for Los Blancos, and scored four goals, including a sensational strike against Las Palmas back in November.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are already 19 points off leaders Barcelona and could be prepared to let the youngster leave in an effort to fund a massive summer overhaul.

Pep Guardiola has previously spoke of his desire to sign a midfielder, saying: “We have the two strikers and we do not need another one in that position, other players can play there in different circumstances.”

Any move for Asensio would be expected to cost City upwards of €50 million.