Liverpool’s hopes of landing Marco Asenio have been dashed by the Real Madrid player’s agent.
Barcelona-based paper Mundo Deportivo reported last month that Liverpool had lodged a €180m bid for the Spain star and that Real were studying the offer.
But Asensio’s agent Horacio Gaggioli , who recently pedalled talk of Madrid receiving two offers “up to €150m” for Asensio, now says the midfielder is staying at the Bernabeu.
Asensio admitted he was due for talks with new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui after the conclusion of Spain;s World Cup.
“Liverpool? When the World Cup is over, we’ll talk about that sort of thing, now I’m focused on selection. I’m glad Julen has signed up for Real Madrid, after the World Cup we’ll talk things over with him,” said Asensio.
And those talks may well have occurred with Gaggioli telling reporters via Calciomercato: “Marco won’t move, he’ll stay with Real Madrid.
“He’s improving all the time. Next season I think he’ll be very important in Madrid.”
Asensio, who is under contract until 2023 and has a huge €700m release clause, featured in 53 games in all competitions for Los Blancos last season, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists.
He made just a one-minute sub appearance in the Champions League final win over Liverpool athough and was understood to be seeking assurances over his game time next season.