United States tour as much about global footprint as fitness — Real Madrid

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And with Asensio again showing signs that he has it in his locker to be a Ballon d'Or victor in the future, we of course need to remind you that West Ham tried to sign him three years back as an 18-year old at RCD Mallorca.

Reports in the press have stated that Arsenal have a genuine interest in the Spanish starlet, which has prompted him to demand talks regarding his future at the Bernabeu.

Do you think Barca made a mistake by failing to sign Asensio? Madrid played excellent one-touch football and glided the ball across much like Barcelona.

Real Madrid were the better team over two legs and fully deserved their triumph over Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, according to Marco Asensio.

The last time Real Madrid and Barcelona faced each other in the Spanish Super Cup was in the 2012-13 season and it was a cracker.

Gabriel scored the league's first goal from close range after Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco partially stopped a free kick cross. One club that have been eyeing the Spaniard for a long time are Arsenal.

But Madrid was comfortable with its four-goal aggregate advantage, and Barca's mini-recovery proved fruitless on a night when it was outplayed by its fiercest rivals for the most part.

So what would Marco Asensio bring to Arsenal?

The 28-year-old overcame criticism of his form during 2014-15 and will hope for an injury-free campaign as he bids to convince his coach and fans of his quality once more.

Iniesta has been prone to injuries since the last four months.

Asensio has got everybody talking of late with a string of fine performances for Los Blancos and Spain's U21 side during the European Championships in the summer.

Asensio's skill and creative talents would make him the ideal successor to Ozil, and maybe even bring an element that the Arsenal midfielder has yet to show.

Modric concedes that preseason training is not a player's favorite part of the sport, but acknowledges it's a necessity if the club wants to continue Zidane's prolific start as head coach. He thrives against big teams, something Ozil is yet to do at The Emirates.

The first leg of the Super Cup also saw Ronaldo mocking Messi's iconic shirt celebration at Bernabeu in the team's last La Liga encounter on April 23 as the Ballon d'Or victor also displayed his shirt to the Camp Nou crowd. With his pace, vision, dribbling, and eye for goal, he has everything required to be a devastating player in that position. Asensio's buyout clause is believed to be €350m euros. Meanwhile, Pique had to be replaced by Nelson Semedo early in the second half against Real Madrid after suffering a groin strain. He loves the club and the club loves him.

Paying €3.5 million for his services three years back could well go down as one of the greatest pieces of business in football history and that's no exaggeration.

Weirder things have happened though.

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