Reports: Arsenal a top option to sign nine-goal free agent, Emery is calling him to join Villa

Arsenal are a main contender to sign Marco Asensio but the Real Madrid winger has now spoken to Aston Villa boss Unai Emery.

Aston Villa are rivalling Arsenal with an ambitious push to sign Marco Asensio as he prepares to leave Real Madrid.

Onda Cero reporter Albero Pereiro has claimed on Twitter that Arsenal are one of three main options for Asensio.

The Real Madrid wide man is wanted by Arsenal as well as AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain with Asensio keen to leave this summer.

Asensio is out of contract this summer and has now decided to leave Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Arsenal are right in the mix to sign Asensio but will now face stern competition from a very familiar face.

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery – formerly of Arsenal – is now making a real push to land Asensio this summer.

Marca report that Emery has spoken to Asensio on the phone in an effort to tempt him into joining Villa on a free transfer.

Asensio won’t make a decision right now but Emery challenging Arsenal for his signature just goes to show Villa’s huge ambition.

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Aston Villa may make more sense for Marco Asensio

Arsenal will be very appealing to a number of potential signings this summer.

The Gunners have just challenged for the Premier League title and have Champions League football once again.

Mikel Arteta seems to be building something special at Arsenal and players like Asensio should be attracted to the Gunners.

Yet if there is one thing Asensio needs at this stage in his career, it’s regular first-team football.

The former Mallorca talent has been frustrated at Real, starting just 15 league games this season despite bagging nine goals and six assists.

Now 27, it’s time for Asensio to play regularly and Villa may just offer the best route to regular starts.

A right-sided winger who loves to cut in on his left foot, Asensio would face a major battle with Bukayo Saka at Arsenal.

The competition at Villa wouldn’t quite be the same and Asensio would have the chance to be Emery’s star man at Villa Park.

That’s something to keep an eye on with Villa no doubt trying to sell Asensio on the idea of playing more than he would at Arsenal.

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