Liverpool’s summer transfer plans have taken a hit before the window has even opened, after the Reds were reportedly knocked back after a €50m bid knocked for Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio.
Spanish radio programme El Partidazo de Cope alleged on Wednesday that the Reds had submitted the £42m bid for the Los Blancos playmaker, and AS confirmed those reports on Thursday.
However, the paper claimed that Real have no interest in parting with their young star for any price – a move that will leave Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp disappointed as he goes in search of adding that extra bit of quality needed to his first-team squad to make another Premier League title push next term.
Asensio is one of the most sought after young stars in Europe at the present time, and has been tipped to move to England’s top flight with Manchester United and Chelsea in the past.
Liverpool had their €50M [£42M] bid for Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio rejected.
( Cadena COPE )
— LFC Round Up (@LFCroundup) April 20, 2017
It is United’s North West rivals Liverpool, though, who seem to have stolen a march on Asensio’s other interested parties if the latest reports are to be believed and, before seeing their offer rebuffed, the Merseyside outfit may have been pretty confident of landing one of their allegedly main transfer targets.
Asensio, however, now looks set to stay at the Bernabeu for the foreseeable future after Real scoffed at Liverpool’s offer. The 21-year-old himself is said to be content in Spain’s capital, while Real boss Zinedine Zidane is also understood to have complete faith in the attacking midfielder’s abilities.
That faith was repaid in full when Asensio bagged the final goal in Real’s 4-2 Champions League quarter-final second leg win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday – a strike that took his tally for the season to nine in 29 appearances – and lent further credence to Asensio’s first-team chances under the France legend.
Asensio has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with the current La Liga leaders after initially joining the club in July 2015 from Mallorca for around £3m. The Spain Under-21 international had spent last term on loan at Espanyol, and headed back to Real to fight for his place in Zidane’s squad upon his return in June 2016.
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