Liverpool failed in bid for Real Madrid midfielder after Coutinho move

Date published: Tuesday 13th February 2018 5:22

Liverpool reportedly failed in an attempt to bring Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio to the Premier League following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

The Brazilian completed his move from Anfield to the Camp Nou for a whopping £142million in the January transfer window after months of speculation.

Liverpool did complete some business in the winter market with centre-back Virgil van Dijk moving from Southampton in a club-record transfer but they failed to bring in a replacement for Coutinho.

Spanish website Diario Gol claims that the Reds failed in a bid to lure Asensio to the club in January and now believe Chelsea could be in the driving seat to land the 22-year-old.

The Spaniard has only started 10 matches in La Liga this season with Zinedine Zidane preferring other options after his early-season form dipped.

And the report continues by suggesting that Chelsea could ask for Asensio as part of any potential deal for Eden Hazard – with the Belgium forward linked with a move to the Spanish giants.

In December Asensio outlined his plans to fight for a place in Zidane’s side and claimed he is happy in Madrid.

“It is difficult to manage a squad as good as our one, but [Zinedine] Zidane knows he can count on me,” he said.

“I work hard every day to earn more minutes, but I am aware of where I am.

“I am at the best club in the world and I am happy at Real Madrid.”

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