Liverpool could potentially make a move for Real Madrid’s attacking midfielder Marco Asensio in January, with Real boss Julen Lopetegui reportedly willing to sanction his sale if an £100m offer is made, according to an article published in The Mirror yesterday.
Liverpool, who are set to face stiff competition from both Chelsea and Manchester United if they wish to sign Asensio, are looking for someone to fill to the void left by Coutinho after his transfer to Barcelona and with a deal for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir falling through, Asensio could be an ideal alternative.
Although he has widely been regarded as one of the best young talents in world football, the 22 year old Spaniard has had a disappointing start thus far this season, managing only 1 goal in 11 appearances in all competitions.
With the expectation of making up for Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure on his shoulders, it would never have been an easy task for Asensio, who seems determined to prove his worth at the Bernabeu.
“I’ve never had the intention to go anywhere”, Asensio stated a few weeks back.
“This is my third season. In this one, I think I have continuity and more prominence, and I’m seeing [improvement in] the performances I’m doing.”
Able to operate on both the left wing and as a creative midfielder, Asensio would arguably be as close to a perfect signing as Jurgen Klopp could make.
However, with the huge price tag and Asensio’s apparent unwillingness to leave Real at this stage, it seems unlikely that he’ll be lining up at Anfield any time soon.