n Utd turn to Real Madrid for cut-price transfer after missing out on Cody Gakpo.

December 31, 2022

Manchester United have lost out to Liverpool in the race for Cody Gakpo and must now widen their search for a new forward option with Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio now on their radar..

Manchester United are ready to turn their attention to Marco Asensio after missing out on Cody Gakpo.

The Red Devils are looking to bolster their forward line in January to aid their top four push. They’ve also seen Cristiano Ronaldo depart the club, unexpectedly, after his contract was terminated, which leaves them light in the forward department.

Manchester United are ready to turn their attention to Marco Asensio after missing out on Cody Gakpo.

The Red Devils are looking to bolster their forward line in January to aid their top four push. They’ve also seen Cristiano Ronaldo depart the club, unexpectedly, after his contract was terminated, which leaves them light in the forward department.

The Reds were able to usurp their rivals financially and Sport reports that the Old Trafford hierarchy will now consider going after the Madrid man. Asensio’s contract at the Bernabeu expires in six months and, with the two parties at loggerheads, looks as if he will leave. The player feels as if Real are not paying him sufficiently which has led to the stand-off.

United were willing to offer Gakpo a net annual salary of €8m (£7.08m) and are poised to table the same offer to the Spanish international. Asensio can begin negotiating his next move come the New Year, and United will be hopeful of making additions come January.

United were looking for a central striker, but with a lack of available options may have to pursue Asensio, who is predominantly a wide player. It is unclear whether Real Madrid would look to seek a fee from United were they to allow Asensio to leave his contract early in January..