Marco Asensio’s performances in recent matches for Real Madrid has put him on the radar of Europeans top clubs who were already looking at him last season and it has led president Florentino Perez to do what he can to make sure he does not leave the Bernabeu.
The 21-year-old has a deal until 2022 and a buy-out clause of 350 million euros which Perez wants to increase with the current environment of spending.
The idea is to put Asensio on a similar contract level to other key figures in the team like Kroos, Modric and also Ceballos, whose buy-out clause stands at 500 million euros and is only bettered by members of the BBC.
If a team wants to bring in Ronaldo, Bale or Benzema they would have to spend 1,000 million euros.
It is not only the buy-out clause though that Real want to improve but also his salary which stands 3.5 million euros per annum and they want to raise it to 4.5 million euros while extending his contract to 2023.
Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, still the undoubted king of the Bernabeu, the youngster demonstrated why he is more than just a pretender to the throne and hailed as the Spanish player of his generation against the Catalans.
And, like CR7, Asensio is developing quite the knack of scoring in big matches – especially on his debuts.
He has bagged on his La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey, Uefa Super Cup and now Supercopa bows.
His strike in the Supercopa second leg must have been all the more painful for Barca, still reeling from losing Neymar to PSG for 222 million euros, to stomach knowing he could have been lining-up for them.
The Nou Camp will no doubt be kicking themselves for rejecting the chance to sign Asensio for just £4million.
Despite supporting Madrid as a child, he had become mesmerised by Lionel Messi and co at Barca and was ready to change his colours.
Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta spotted the ace’s talents back in 2014 and urged club chiefs to back him to finalise a deal.
The midfielder was already looking for a house in Castelldefels, a coastal town just outside of Barcelona, before the troubles began and the deal was off.
Nou Camp officials decided to squabble with Mallorca over paying his asking price up front and that allowed Madrid to swoop in 2015.
It was a move that appeared to be written in the stars as this fairy tale seems to be just beginning.