According to reports, Marco Asensio is ‘waiting to see’ if Liverpool make a bid for him before he decides whether he is going to stay at Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old made the move to Real Madrid in 2014 from their Spanish rivals Mallorca. He has played 235 times for the La Liga giants over the past few seasons.
Asensio impressed in fits and starts last term but he was only able to start 19 times in the league.
The attacker’s contract expires in 2023 and he is yet to commit his future to Real Madrid. He has been consistently linked with Liverpool over the past few months.
Spanish outlet Sport (via Sport Witness) are reporting that Asensio was offered a new deal four months ago.
The player is said to be ‘waiting to see’ if an ‘offer from Liverpool or another club will materialise’ before he accepts.
A separate report from TuttoMercatoWeb states that Real Madrid would want €25-30m to sell Asensio this summer.
The Spaniard is said to be demanding €7m-a-year, with Madrid ‘more orientated’ to sell to an English club. Serie A side AC Milan have also been linked with him.
“I think it is really simple,” Fowler told bettingexpert. “We are driven now by a stats game and a data game. We have all seen the Money Ball film. I don’t think it is as complex as that.
“I think we look at the player stats, how he brings others into the game, whether he can keep hold of the ball and bring others into it, whether he can score goals, whether he can roam behind, whether he can roam this side of the defence. I think one of Liverpool’s problems, it sounds stupid because of everything, I’ve seen in the last couple of years. A lot of teams have played sort of sitting deep. Liverpool has played all the football in front of the defence.
“Now we’ve got a player obviously in Nunez who can come maybe this side of the defenders (play beyond the defenders). This should be obvious for a striker, but sometimes when you are this way, it makes the defenders want to roam backwards. It creates space for certain other players (in the middle) in these roles here. This has been played for years here, which obviously condenses the play. Nunez is a little bit of that player, he can play off the shoulder.”