Report: Real Madrid speed up their interest in high-profile replacement as Liverpool push to sign their player
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Report: Real Madrid speed up their interest in high-profile replacement as Liverpool push to sign their player

Real Madrid have a replacement in mind for Liverpool target Marco Asensio, according to reports. Los Blancos could sell this summer.

This comes from Sport. The outlet claims that Real Madrid will push forward with a move for Serge Gnabry as they seek to replace Marco Asensio.

Asensio is the big story here from a Liverpool point of view. The Reds supposedly want the player and Real are becoming more inclined to sell this summer. That’s as the Spaniard is now in the final year of his contract.

Real were initially reported to prefer keeping Asensio. AS claimed that they’d set his value at around £34m and would stick to it, rather than sell on the cheap this summer. However, things have changed and Los Blancos could well sell this summer for a lower price.

And Liverpool could be the club that takes advantage of that.

Liverpool target Marco Asensio

We’re far from certain that this could happen. While there are justifications for signing Asensio, there are also glaring reasons why the Reds should steer clear.

But if Real really do want to sell, it makes things a lot more likely. We can’t see Liverpool entering anything like a bidding war or meeting that £34m asking price. We can, however, see them picking up Asensio after Real let the price fall.

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After all, Asensio has the power here and can effectively pick his own club. All Real want is a transfer fee that they won’t get in a year’s time.

That’s especially true if they want to sign Gnabry on the cheap right now. His contract also expires in 2023 and Bayern Munich may fancy a sale along the same lines as Asensio. But that only happens if the Spaniard leaves.

Throw in that race against time and Real could well drop their price significantly. Perhaps that triggers Liverpool into a move.

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