Liverpool are interested in signing Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio this summer, according to reports. The 25-year-old has a contract at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium that is due to expire in 2023.
This comes from the Spanish publication El Gol Digital. They claim that club scouts have overseen the talents of the Los Blancos talisman in the flesh, and believe he possesses similar traits to none other than Mohamed Salah.
The report even goes as far to state that Asensio has been tipped as a clone of the Egyptian sensation, who is currently the Premier League’s top-scorer.
El Gol Digital add it would take a transfer fee in the region of £34.45 million to convince Madrid to give up Asensio, who has been with Los Blancos since 2014.
Paris Saint Germain are also reportedly interested in signing the 25-time Spain international.
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Asensio has won two Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles during his time in the Spanish capital.
What RTK has to say – Should Liverpool realistically go for Asensio?
Well, this is certainly a transfer rumour that has taken us by surprise.
For one, the former Mallorca winger has struggled to establish himself as a trusted regular under Zinedine Zidane. He has started just 16 matches in La Liga this term, after all.
Asensio also has had issues with injuries in recent years, notably the 2019/20 campaign, where he clocked up just 10 appearances all season.
Indeed, he is a top-player on his day – as was showcased in the 2017 Champions League final. During a 4-1 victory against Juventus, Asesnsio became the most recent Spanish player to score in a European Cup final.
So, the million-dollar question that remains is whether or not Asensio could be a viable target to Jurgen Klopp?
Put bluntly, we just can’t see this one happening from a Liverpool perspective – unless Madrid were willing to let him go at a moderate price.
Yes, Liverpool could profit from some added attacking depth to benefit Klopp’s current pedigreed front-three.
However, the Reds typically avoid going down the route of signing global superstars, unless they are identified as ready-made game-changers.
Unfortunately, for Asensio, he doesn’t quite fall into that particular category of player, and we suspect this is a transfer that Liverpool will likely avoid.