Mendes key as Barcelona watching Asensio's situation at Real Madrid

Barcelona are keeping close tabs on Marco Asensio’s situation at Real Madrid.

The Spain winger is inside the final year of his Real contract and yet to open talks about a new deal.

Asensio has found himself being played as a super-sub by coach Carlo Ancelotti this season, much to his frustration.

Mundo Deportivo says among European rivals watching developments are Barca.

The Catalans see Asensio as a serious transfer target, thanks to his age (26), quality and tactical adaptability. Interestingly Asensio is now represented by Jorge Mendes, who is close to Barca president Joan Laporta.