Newcastle throw hat into the ring for wantaway Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio

Spanish international Marco Asensio looks set to depart Spanish champions Real Madrid this summer, and potential Premier League upstarts Newcastle could be a destination for the 26-year-old midfielder.

Reports in Mail Online have linked Newcastle with throwing their financial muscle into the conversation to land Asensio according to Faaez Samadi, but they will be made to compete with a cadre of European giants to prise him away from the Spanish capital.

Newcastle would potentially have to go head to head with Liverpool, Arsenal, and AC Milan for Asensio, with all three clubs levying their own interest in the Palma-native who has just one year remaining on his current deal in Madrid.

Though the Magpies are now one of the wealthiest clubs in Europe, boss Eddie Howe lacks real star power across the first-team squad apart from Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimarães and England international Kieran Trippier, both of whom came into the fold last season.

Completed deals for Dutch international defender Sven Botman and England international goalkeeper Nick Pope signaled the club's intent this summer to mold a long-term core that Eddie Howe can utilize in a push for the European places moving forward, and a player of Asensio's pedigree and profile could be just the tonic.

With reports suggesting that Newcastle would only have to part with somewhere in the region of £21 million-£26 million - a move, if completed, which would take the club's summer spending to around the £90 million mark - the price would surely be no issue, but rather, convincing Asensio to make the move to Tyneside over some of the other possible destinations could prove more difficult.

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