'Difficult': Liverpool may still try to sign Real Madrid star if Carvalho doesn't make instant impact - Romano
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'Difficult': Liverpool may still try to sign Real Madrid star if Carvalho doesn't make instant impact - Romano

Whether Liverpool make a move for Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio could depend on Fabio Carvalho’s impact at Anfield.

That’s according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. During an interview with Wett Freunde, Romano claimed that while unlikely, it isn’t completely impossible that Liverpool could be in for Asensio.

“I think that would be really difficult. It could maybe be something for the end of the transfer window,” said the journalist. “In case Liverpool decide to change their position. But at the moment they say internally that they are happy with the squad they have.

“It could depend on the impact of the young players who signed them. For example Fabio Carvalho, who was fantastic in the league at Fulham and who is believed to be ready for the first team to play at the highest level at Liverpool. Of course, while we’re preparing, we’ll have to wait and see how it develops and everything else.”

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Despite the inference that a move wasn’t completely off the cards, Romano reiterated that Liverpool currently have no plans to add to their transfer business.

“Nothing is in sight for Marco Asensio as Liverpool are very happy with Darwin (Nunez), (Fabio) Carvalho and (Calvin) Ramsay,” he said. “They are very happy with their transfer window and are already thinking about new contract extensions. They plan for the future and not just for the present”.

Reds not interested in ‘stop-gap’ signings

Liverpool’s reported interest in Asensio has come a little bit out of the blue. The 26-year-old isn’t really the kind of profile that The Reds tend to go for.

After the insistence that Liverpool won’t sign ‘stop-gap’s,’ it’s hard to see how Asensio would be anything but that.

He may offer some respite for Mohamed Salah in the wide-right forward position, but he has a different skillset to the Egyptian. For all his potential, injuries have also played a part in him looking a shade short of a truly top-level option.

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Asensio has a year left on his contract in Madrid. As a result, he could be available for a relatively good price.

But Liverpool don’t need to be spending significantly on a player who isn’t a starter at Madrid. It also feels a little like the rumour mill is whirring in order to get him an improved contract in Spain.

The Reds shouldn’t be drawn into those kind of discussions. As Romano points out, Liverpool are more than happy with their business so far. Unless the right player becomes available, that won’t change.

With all the will in the world, that player isn’t Marco Asensio.

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