Liverpool chased after Real Madrid’s Spanish star to replace the departing Philippe Coutinho and even launched a bid for the midfielder.
With Philippe Coutinho making it his deepest desire to join Barcelona and after months and months and months of chasing the Brazilian star, Barcelona finally managed to grab Philippe Coutinho from the arms of Liverpool. Shelling out an incredible £142 million for the 25-year-old, the Catalan giants made Liverpool an offer they simply couldn’t refuse.
However, with the Reds searched desperately for a replacement and they shortlisted the likes of Marco Asensio, Nabil Fekir, Gareth Bale and even Isco. Reports from multiple sources including the Mirror and the Metro also claimed that Liverpool was after Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as a potential replacement, but nothing ever materialized.
But now according to reports from Spanish news outlet Dario Gol, the Premier League side reportedly launched a failed bid for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio. With reports of the Spaniard falling out with manager Zinedine Zidane, despite starting the season brilliantly and it now looks like the 22-year-old is calling time on his Real Madrid career.
The 2016/17 season was the 22-year-old’s standout year, as he scored 9 goals across all competitions, even producing a remarkable streak of scoring in his competition debuts; with goals in his first appearances in the La Liga, Champions League, Copa Del Ray, and the Spanish Super Cup. He even picked up in the absence of Ronaldo, with the Portuguese man suspended as Asensio bailed out Real Madrid with a brace against Valencia.
However, it’s not just his goal-scoring abilities that have put the youngster on the map but it’s also his willingness to track back defensively as well as his passing accuracy which borders on incredible. According to Squawka, the Spaniard is as dependable with the ball as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, with an average passing accuracy of 90% over the last two seasons.
Marco Asensio is a sensational talent and has a long way to go, but despite that, there is a good chance that president Florentino Perez sells the 22 year old in order to fund his new line of Galacticos. The Spaniard has fallen out with manager Zidane and has only made one start in his last seven games for the club.
However, now with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and even Liverpool who are still looking for a potential replacement for their departed Brazilian, it looks like the end of his Real Madrid career.