Liverpool have reportedly returned in contention to sign out-of-favor Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio.
As reported by Spanish news outlet ABC, Liverpool have reignited their interest in Marco Asensio amid the Spaniard’s uncertain future at Real Madrid.
Per the same source, the 25-year-old is contemplating his future in the Spanish capital after having been deemed surplus to requirements by the new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Mallorca man experienced an underwhelming 2020/21 season by his standards under Zinedine Zidane, clocking up just seven goals and two assists in 48 outings in all competitions.
Despite being a permanent first-team fixture under the previous manager, the Spain international has found his game time at a premium under the Italian strategist.
After handing Asensio just a single minute of play during Madrid’s 1-0 victory at Inter Milan in their Champions League curtain-raiser, the Italian left the forward on the bench as an unused substitute in Los Merengues’ embarrassing 2-1 home defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol in the following round.
Except for a breathtaking hat-trick during Los Blancos’ 6-1 thumping of Mallorca in La Liga, the left-footed star has failed to live up to expectations this season.
Having found himself low in the pecking order, Asensio reportedly considers leaving the Santiago Bernabeu for regular first-team football elsewhere.
With two years remaining on his current contract in Madrid, the highly-rated forward has drawn plenty of attention, with Liverpool ready to rekindle their interest.
Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of Asensio and could make a new attempt to lure him away from Spain after failing to take him to the Premier League a couple of years ago.
Despite overseeing his attack score at will this season, the German manager looks keen to add to his intimidating firepower.
Considering Asensio’s contractual situation in Madrid, Liverpool could clinch a cut-price deal with Real come summer 2022.
If Los Merengues fail to extend the Spaniard’s contract by the end of the season, they may need to negotiate his sale on unfavorable terms next summer unless they want to lose him on a free transfer the following year.