€700million deal? Liverpool told asking price to sign exciting Manchester United target from Real Madrid
Reports have claimed Real Madrid have told the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United they will have to break the transfer record to sign Asensio.
With constant speculation in the media suggesting that Sadio Mane could be leaving the club and making his way to the Bernabeu, there is a lot of talk about whom Jurgen Klopp is lining up a number of potential replacements.
And one name that has been constantly linked with a move to the Premier League is that of Asensio, who has become frustrated at his lack of game time at the Bernabeu this season and has reportedly been considering his future with the Spanish giants.
Asensio started just 18 La Liga games this season for Madrid and is reportedly ready to test himself outside La Liga, with the Reds ready to splash close to £80 million to try and secure a transfer deal ahead of the likes of United.
Reports in Spain claim Los Blancos have no intention of selling attacking midfielder Asensio, and have told interested clubs that they must trigger his release clause to sign him.
Asensio has the fourth-highest release clause in world football, with Real setting it at €700million when the 23-year-old signed his last contract.
It is another blow in Liverpool’s attempts to sign the Spaniard, after his latest comments suggest he’ll be a Galactico next season.
“A complicated season, which has been full of difficulties, has finished. It was far from the level that our marvellous fans deserve,” he wrote on the Daily Express website.
“We will pick ourselves up, we will get better and we will give our all so that Madrid fans will be able to enjoy their team again next season [as we look to] return your unconditional support and love. We promise to fight with renewed energy for every cup until the end.”
Asensio is a brilliant young talent that could be the future of Madrid if he is given the chance, but even though Zidane wants to keep hold of the young Spaniard and he is seemingly keen to stay, the right offer from Liverpool could tempt the Spaniard into selling.
Football is very thickle and it is all about money, so if Liverpool did decide to make a move and offer around £150 million for the services of Asensio, then Zidane would use the funds to help in his revamping of the squad over the next few transfer windows.
However, surely most Liverpool fans would like to see Asensio play alongside Mane, rather than replace the speedy winger?