Real Madrid are encouraging reported Liverpool transfer target Marco Asensio to leave the club.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim that the European Champions have ‘opened the exit door wide’ for Asensio. With a view to a move, the 26-year-old has reportedly already spoken to Liverpool, among other clubs.
Asensio now has less than a year left on his contract. According to this report, the Spain international will now not be offered fresh terms.
The forward is yet to play a minute for Los Blancos this season. This is a move which Mundo Deportivo see as putting pressure on him to leave, or risk losing his place in the Spain World Cup squad
Asensio’s situation is said to be ‘complicated’ as both parties look for a resolution.
Liverpool still unlikely to be in the mix for Asensio
The rumours linking Liverpool with a move for Asensio were relatively strong earlier in the window. However, he has never felt like a serious option for The Reds.
Perhaps though, as injuries continue to bite Jurgen Klopp’s squad, Liverpool could be tempted to take a gamble on him.
By the sounds of it, Madrid are getting desperate to get their player out the door. As they are running the risk of losing him for nothing next summer, maybe he could be a bargain buy over the next two weeks.
Liverpool don’t tend to do bargain buys or signings related to injuries. But with the forward positions thinning out a little, maybe it’s time to change that tack.
Asensio could still offer a fair bit to Liverpool. Just four months ago, his manager, Carlo Ancelotti, called him ‘extraordinary’ via AS.
Wages could be a stumbling block, but Asensio has even reportedly been willing to take a pay-cut to join Liverpool.
Something has to give in this saga. All summer long it has felt as though rumours linking Asensio to another club were an agents ploy to force Madrid’s hand with a contract. Now that it looks as though that may not happen, the player could find himself scrabbling around for a new place to play football.
Should that happen, Liverpool would seem unlikely to be in the mix. But you never know.