Alemany’s big Aston Villa target equals Zidane and hits 20 goal contributions

Dan Owen

Aston Villa target Marco Asensio would arrive in the Premier League on the back of his most prolific season at Real Madrid having equalled Zidine Zidane’s La Liga tally. 

He may have been overshadowed by the sparkling Vinicius Jr, the evergreen Karim Benzema and the ultimate big-game player that is Rodrygo Goes, but Marco Asensio’s numbers speak for themselves. 

Cutting inside onto his lethal left boot before firing home in trademark style during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Madrid neighbours Getafe, the Spain international reached 20 goal contributions for 2022/23. 

He has never managed more in a single campaign. 

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What’s more, Asensio has now taken his La Liga tally to 37 goals in Real Madrid colours, via ESPN. That is the same as legendary playmaker – and former head coach – Zinedine Zidane managed for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, albeit in some 30 games fewer. 

Could Marco Asensio really leave Real Madrid for Aston Villa?

Asensio’s contract expires in a matter of weeks.

Mateu Alemany, the Barcelona director who is ‘finalising’ his move to Villa Park, reportedly hopes to bring in the three-time Champions League winner as one of his first signings on English soil, according to The Athletic. 

Aston Villa supporters may have some reservations. Especially considering how Philippe Coutinho has struggled since arriving in the Midlands from another Spanish giant in Barcelona. But, unlike a man who spent much of his Blaugrana career stuck on the bench, Asensio would be joining Aston Villa at the peak of his powers – he only recently turned 27 – and on the back of his best-ever season in terms of statistics. 

“He’s doing well,” veteran Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti told AS in March.  

“I don’t know if he will stay or not. He might stay or he might not, I don’t know. And it doesn’t matter much to me.

“We have very big challenges coming up this season. The important thing is that he is bringing something to the team, as he did last year. Let’s hope he continues the way he’s going, and the club will make the most appropriate decision.” 

Alemany is reportedly keen on bringing Villarreal’s Alex Baena and Barcelona’s Ferran Torres to Aston Villa too.

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