Marco Asensio has become the latest target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after reports in Spain of a rejected £40 million ($51 million) offer for the 21-year-old.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, the Premier League club tried to sign the youngster this season but the offer was swiftly rejected and the player is said to be content where he is.
So, who is Asensio, the latest sensation in Spain who has tempted Liverpool into making a club-record offer. Newsweek takes a look:
What club does he play for?
Asensio is among the Galácticos Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos at La Liga’s Real Madrid in the Spanish capital.
How long has he been there?
He moved to Real Madrid from Mallorca in December 2014 on a six-year deal. The then 18-year-old was one of the most sought after youngsters in European football with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea reported to be interested, as well as Barcelona.
Having made his debut for Mallorca in October 2013, and netted three times for the club, Asensio made the move to the Bernabeu 14 months later. Then manager Carlo Ancelotti heralded the signing, describing Asensio as a “great player.”
What position does he play?
Asensio has been operating as an attacking midfielder, but he has proved to be an option for a space among the front three at Real Madrid.
But could he actually get into the Real Madrid team?
Absolutely — and he already has. Asensio has featured 29 times for Zinedine Zidane’s team this campaign and the French manager has grown fond of his style, preferring to choose the youngster over James Rodriguez, who cost £60 million ($77 million) in 2014.
On Tuesday, when Real Madrid was battling with Bayern Munich for a space in the last four of the Champions League, Zidane turned first to Asensio when looking for options on his bench. The Spaniard came on and scored the fourth goal for Real to confirm its place in the semifinals of the competition.
So, is Asensio part of the next wave of Spanish football?
Well, he’s already represented Spain at four different age levels, including getting his first cap for the first team last year.
Asensio was a regular at youth level for Spain but made a rapid rise through the ranks, from Under 19s to Under 21s, before making his senior debut in a 3-1 win over Switzerland in May 2016.
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