How Tottenham missed out on Real Madrid’s €700m man

Date published: Thursday 13th September 2018 1:46

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Tottenham turned their back on a move for Marco Asensio before he moved to Real Madrid, according to a report in Spain.

According to Mundo Deportivo, via Sport Witness, Asensio was scouted by Ramon Planes for Tottenham in 2014/15, but Mauricio Pochettino, in his first season, decided against making a move for the midfielder.

Planes watched Asensio in action in the Spanish second tier for Mallorca against Real Zaragoza and was so mightily impressed with the left footer that he recommended that Pochettino should make a move for the player.

Pochettino though ignored the call to make a move for Asensio in the winter transfer window of 2015 and the rest, as they say, is history.

The 18-year-old had enjoyed a fine 2014/15 season with Mallorca, scoring six goals and adding eight assists and he went on to sign for Real Madrid in that summer for a fee of around €3.7m.

He has since developed into one of Real’s biggest assets and he penned a new deal in September 2017, which included a huge release clause said to be worth €700m.

The Spain star was linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer.

Reports in the Spanish press had claimed that that Liverpool had lodged a €180m bid, while Chelsea were also linked with a move.

Asensio also previously admitted he was due for talks with new Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui after the conclusion of Spain’s World Cup.

He also failed to close the door on a potential Real exit in the near future in an interview after the World Cup.

“My first option is always to triumph at Real Madrid. After that, you never know what can happen,” he told GQ.

But he addressed the rumours about his future last month, claiming he never considered a move.

Asensio told reporters: “I’ve never had the intention to go anywhere.

“This is my third season, in this one I think I have continuity and more prominence, and I’m seeing the performance I’m doing.”



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