According to reports, Liverpool were one of three Premier League clubs who made a ‘proposal’ to Real Madrid star Marco Asensio, who is set to sign for PSG.
The 27-year-old slipped down the pecking order at Real Madrid during the 2022/23 campaign but he still managed to grab nine goals and six assists in his 31 La Liga appearances.
Asensio is out of contract later this month and it was recently reported that he is going to be part of a 10-player Real Madrid ‘exit operation’.
The winger has been heavily linked with the Premier League over the past few months but it was first revealed last week that he is set to sign for PSG on a free transfer.
Spanish outlet AS have now revealed ‘how PSG seduced Asensio’. He ‘had proposals from Chelsea, Liverpool and Aston Villa on the table, but he has finally opted’ for the Ligue 1 giants.
Luis Campos ‘was key in convincing him’, while the exits of Lionel Messi and Neymar leave Asensio as ‘Kylian Mbappe’s most qualified squire’.
It is also pointed out that he is ‘guaranteed to play the Champions League every year’ with PSG and ‘he has also taken into account that Paris is closer to Majorca than any of the English cities’.
Asensio will not be heading to Liverpool, but they are set to sign Alexis Mac Allister from Premier League rivals Brighton.
Ben Jacobs has told Caught Offside that ‘the expectation is the deal will be completed this week if all goes to plan’ and he will cost ‘just under £45m’.
Mac Allister’s teammate – Moises Caicedo – could also leave Brighton this summer but Liverpool are ‘not in the race’ for the Ecuador international.
Jacobs adds that Liverpool are ‘considering’ Manu Kone or Khephren Thuram.
‘Liverpool are not in the race for Caicedo, nor are they currently one of the clubs considering a move for Youri Tielemans, despite being repeatedly linked with both players.
‘For Caicedo, Chelsea are the ones to watch and now they have missed out on Manuel Ugarte, they will definitely escalate that chase. Caicedo has always been on Chelsea’s summer list.
‘Brighton haven’t quoted a specific price but it’s understood they will hold out for a minimum guaranteed fee of £70m plus at least £10m in add ons.
‘Arsenal are also considering Caicedo again and keep an eye on Newcastle as well, who want a central midfielder along with a more creative-minded one like Leicester’s James Maddison.
‘Liverpool are considering other midfielders and have discussed both Borussia Monchengladbach’s Manu Kone or Nice’s Khephren Thuram. Kone might be available at under £35m.’