Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of a Real Madrid star after he was made available for transfer by the Spanish giants.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is busy working with sporting director Michael Edwards to draw up their January transfer plans. The club brought in just one player in the summer as Ibrahima Konate arrived from RB Leipzig for around £35million.
Liverpool don’t have too much saved in the bank but may bring in one or two players in January. They could take on attacking reinforcements to lessen the burden on Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Dusan Vlahovic and Karim Adeyemi have both been linked in recent weeks. Real Madrid playmaker Marco Asensio is also deemed to be a target.
Spanish outlet ABC (via Mirror) report that Asensio has been made ‘surplus to requirements’ at the Bernabeu. Los Blancos chiefs will look to move him on next year, either in January or during the summer.
The 25-year-old has been a bit-part player this season and is yet to complete a full 90 minutes in La Liga. He managed a hat-trick against Mallorca on September 22 but still isn’t a key first-team player.
Asensio’s time on the bench has ruined his relationship with Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian prefers to operate with Luka Modric providing the creative spark in midfield. There isn’t any space for Asensio on the right flank as either Eden Hazard or Vinicius Junior tend to play there.
Liverpool are aware of the situation and are supposedly ‘weighing up’ a bid. They could land Asensio for a reduced price as his contract expires in June 2023.
The Spain international could become Gini Wijnaldum’s replacement at Anfield. He is a creative player who would effectively bridge the gap between midfield and attack.
Harvey Elliott impressed in that position towards the start of the season but picked up a serious injury against Leeds.
Liverpool plot Kostas Tsimikas repeat
Another midfielder on Liverpool’s shortlist is Olympiacos star Aguibou Camara. He is a 20-year-old Guinea international who appears to have a bright future in Europe.
Kostas Tsimikas left the Greek outfit for Anfield in August last year. Camara could now follow his former team-mate to England.
The link comes from journalist Giannis Chorianopoulos. He was one of the first people to reveal Liverpool’s interest in Tsimikas last summer.
Camara joined Olympiacos from Lille’s B team in July. He has since impressed during four appearances in the Greek top flight.
The attacking midfielder has also featured twice in the Europa League group stage, although he is yet to score.