By Will Butcher
Liverpool have been told in no uncertain terms that Real Madrid playmaker Marco Asensio is not for sale, according to a report.
Spanish publication Diario Madridista claim Liverpool are interested in the 21-year-old star, along with La Liga giants Sevilla.
The report also states that Real Madrid are unwilling to sell the promising youngster, after he broke into the first team following a successful loan spell with Espanyol last season.
However, it is believed that manager Jurgen Klopp is not ready to give up on Real’s number 20, as he looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
Asensio has managed to break his way into a side that possesses some of the world’s best midfielders and attackers, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco.
Making 25 league and cup appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season, the former Mallorca loanee has struck eight times against the likes of Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Eibar.
Real are under no pressure to sell their up-and-coming ace though, with Asensio contracted at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2022.
Football Insider verdict:
Manager Jurgen Klopp should do whatever it takes to bring Asensio to Anfield. The attacking midfielder would feel right at home in Klopp’s attacking system, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Georginio Wijnaldum all thriving in getting forward from midfield to join the attack. Brazil international Coutinho was brought to Anfield by Brendan Rodgers from Inter Milan as an unknown quantity at the beginning of his career, and with Asensio in a largely similar position, fans could be about to see that replicated if Klopp can convince Real to sell the two-time Spain international. However, with Asensio still very young and showing the potential that can take him to the very top of the game, it remains to be seen how much it would take to prize him away from Real.
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