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Liverpool could break transfer ‘done’ pledge for Real Madrid stop-gap


Liverpool have seemingly ended their summer transfer business, having signed Fabio Carvalho, Darwin Nunez and Calvin Ramsay. The window hasn’t even officially opened, but according to many, FSG’s activity is done, with Ramsay slated as the last signing.

Yet that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from continuing to churn, and a report from Spain suggests that Liverpool could sign a fourth player this summer, however unlikely it might seem at this stage.

AS state that Liverpool have contacted the entourage of Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio to enquire about bringing the Spaniard to Anfield this summer. Moreover, it’s also been stated that Madrid would be willing to listen to offers for Asensio in the region of €40m (£34m).

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Asensio has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at Real Madrid, and AS suggest that the player wants to go somewhere that will guarantee him first team football.

The 26-year-old made 42 appearances in all competitions for Madrid last season as they won the double. Yet Asensio was never an integral part of the European triumph or the La Liga success. In the league, Asensio made just 19 starts, and in Europe, he started just two of Madrid’s 12 games.

Yet he did make an impact when he played. Asensio scored 10 goals in La Liga, which included a hat trick against Real Mallorca early in the season.

Could a move to Liverpool really be on the cards for the winger?

Asensio would make for an interesting option for Liverpool. He’s a quick winger who could interpret the demands of Jürgen Klopp’s 4-3-3 system, but he ostensibly plays on the same side of the front three as Mohamed Salah, so he would be relegated to the bench more often than not, which is precisely the kind of situation he wants to avoid.

Asensio can on occasion play on the other side, on the left, but with Luis Díaz set to take ownership of that role for the foreseeable future, again Asensio’s options may be limited.

From an FSG perspective, Asensio could be a stop-gap solution until next summer, when Liverpool will likely invest heavily in the attacking department again. He could perform the same kind of role he currently does for Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti: an impact sub who comes in the final 20 minutes of games or starts in games when the regulars are being rested before key games.

Likewise, with the Spaniard able to play centrally too, he could provide an extra body until the much-vaunted midfield refresh takes place, supposedly next summer. Jude Bellingham is a name mentioned a lot.

Yet the Asensio rumours seems like a non-starter, simply because it’s doubtful that he’d want to leave Madrid for Liverpool just to be given the same peripheral role. But he wouldn’t be a bad solution for Liverpool for a year or two, and FSG could be tempted by the resale value he would be likely to retain.


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