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Liverpool have reportedly made contact with the entourage of Real Madrid star Marco Asensio over the prospect of a summer transfer. That’s in accordance with Spanish outlet AS, who claim the Spain international has been identified as a possible signing with the approaching departure of Sadio Mane.

Liverpool got here near an unprecedented quadruple last season, falling short by only a single point within the Premier League and suffering defeat within the Champions League final to Real. Jurgen Klopp’s side lifted the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and have wasted no time in strengthening this summer.

Fulham wonderkid Fabio Carvalho was the primary through the door, and was followed by a potentially club-record deal for Benfica forward Darwin Nunez. The Uruguay international was in demand this summer following a 34-goal season, including two strikes within the Champions League quarter-final clash against Liverpool.

Able to operating through the center and on the left flank, Nunez is seen by many as a super alternative for Mane. The versatile forward informed the Reds of his decision to hunt a latest challenge following the Champions League final defeat in Paris.

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Klopp still looks to have loads of firepower in his squad on paper despite the sale of Mane, but AS report the club has made contact with Asensio’s representatives. The Real Madrid attacker has struggled for consistent game-time in recent seasons, and is as a result of enter the ultimate yr of his deal.

Reports suggest Asensio is open to the prospect of leaving the La Liga champions following eight seasons within the Spanish capital. Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo have already left Real this summer as free agents, with exits for Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic also on the cards.

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Should Liverpool follow up this initial interest in Asensio, Liverpool will likely face fierce competition for his signature. AS claims AC Milan have also made contact, while reports elsewhere have also credited Arsenal and Manchester United with an interest.

Chatting with Diario AS on his future, Asensio said: “I actually have another yr in my contract yet here we’re talking about me leaving Real Madrid. That is a vital moment for me, I won’t deny it. I’m more mature and never only on the sphere, that is a vital moment and I may have to make necessary decisions.

“Me and my family know that I actually have to continue to grow and moving forward. I need to realize necessary things in football and so they help me try this.”


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