The lowdown: Summer business
The Reds have acted swiftly so far this summer under the newly appointed sporting director Julian Ward, completing deals for Benfica hitman Darin Nunez, Fulham starlet Fabio Carvalho and Aberdeen youngster Calvin Ramsay.
A number of peripheral squad members such as Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn have all left Anfield as well as superstar winger Sadio Mane as Jurgen Klopp’s squad begins to take shape during pre-season ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Despite reports claiming that the business was completed for the window, speculation continues to link players with the Merseyside club and one well-decorated Spaniard in particularly has been heavily indexed with a switch to the FA Cup winners…
The latest: ‘Liverpool like Asensio’
It’s claimed that the Spaniard is now willing to lower his salary demands to €6-7million (£5-6million) net per year whilst Real Madrid will reduce the asking price from €50million (£42million) to €30million (£25million) due to being in the final 12 months of a deal at the Bernabeu.
The report also states that Klopp has personally ‘requested’ the signing of the 26-year-old who was hailed for a ‘brilliant’ La Liga hat-trick against former club RCD Mallorca last September.
The verdict: Smart move
Although the Anfield ranks still boast an embarrassment of riches in the attacking department, there is no natural senior understudy for Mohamed Salah on the right-wing – a role Asensio primarily occupied last season whilst scoring 12 times and providing two assists in 42 appearances across all competitions.
Overall, the Spaniard with an abundance of talent that once saw him tipped for Ballon d’Or glory earned a sensational 7.07 Sofascore rating, hitting the target with 1.1 shots and making 1.0 key pass on average per game in the Spanish top flight.
Possessing wide-ranging versatility to play numerous positions and all of the attributes in his locker to succeed in the Premier League, at the suggested new price, signing Asensio would be a superb coup for Ward in what has already been a stellar start to life as the successor to Michael Edwards.
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