LFC considering £30m bid for La Liga magician in January – club ready to let him leave & he wants ‘a new challenge’

Liverpool are considering a £30million bid to sign Marcos Asensio in January and Real Madrid are willing to let him leave as he is ‘open to a new challenge’.

Although the Reds should ideally look to sign a centre forward to provide Roberto Firmino with competition after his levels have steadily dipped the last 18 months, Asensio would be an interesting option.

The Spaniard scored just seven goals for Real Madrid last season but Jurgen Klopp is world-class at coaxing the best out of attackers.

According to Fichajes, via Anfield Edition, the Reds are weighing up a £30m bid for Marco Asensio to “boost their attacking options in January.”

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Marco Asensio of Real Madrid scores the fourth goal to make it 3-1 during the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid v Atalanta Bergamo at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on March 16, 2021 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The forward is reportedly “open to a new challenge” and Real Madrid are willing to let him leave.

Should Liverpool sign Asensio?

Personally, I would say no. While it seems as though Liverpool might have plans to play Harvey Elliott in midfield, signing Asensio would limit his chances to play as Mohamed Salah’s understudy on the right-wing.

Signing Asensio would mean he’d hardly get a look in.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Harvey Elliott of Liverpool in action during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 08, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images,)

I would be confused if Liverpool, a normally smart and well-oiled transfer machine spent £30m on Asensio, a player with a total of nine-goal contributions last season after passing up on Patson Daka and Donyell Malen when both were available for around €30m.

Both strikers were perfect for the Reds and I expect them to go on and have brilliant seasons for Leicester and Dortmund respectively.

If the Reds want to make a move to sign a forward in the winter transfer window, there are better options out there than Asensio and ones that would require much cheaper wages.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 13: Marco Asensio of Real Madrid celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between AFC Ajax Amsterdam and Real Madrid at Johan Cruyff Arena on February 13, 2019 in Amsterdam, . (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 13: Marco Asensio of Real Madrid celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between AFC Ajax Amsterdam and Real Madrid at Johan Cruyff Arena on February 13, 2019 in Amsterdam, . (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

The Spaniard reportedly earns £125,000/week and as a backup, he’d be eating into the Reds’ wage budget considerably without much guarantee of game time.

Another concern of mine, as tenuous as this link is, is that if Liverpool are looking at January signings, why wouldn’t they just make their move in the summer instead of waiting four months, leaving Jurgen Klopp shorthanded in that time?

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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