Liverpool has reportedly offered £42 million for Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio, if the latest rumours doing the rounds in the Spanish media are to be believed.

Radio station Cadena COPE broke the news, which newspaper AS later confirmed as being true. As it so turned out, the bid was instantly turned down by Real Madrid.

The 21-year-old winger is currently one of the hottest properties in European football and scored a brilliant goal in Real Madrid’s extra-time win over Bayern Munich earlier this week.

Quite wittily, Bayern’s sporting director Michael Reschke said that Real Madrid “should build a monument” for whoever signed Asensio for £3 million from Real Mallorca!

With gareth Bale spending an increasing amount of time on the injury table, the Spanish international has more than played his part in ensuring that the club does not feel the void, starting in 13 games and featuring as a substitute on many more occasions.

Liverpool is known to be in the market for attacking width, and obviously set their sights high in trying to nab one of Real Madrid’s most highly-rated young prospects.

But, Florentino Perez is a big fan of the youngster and it seems highly unlikely that an improved sum will change his mind. However, every player does of course have his price, and the sheer margin of profit that the club stands to make may tempt Perez if Liverpool comes back with a much better offer.

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, when faced by the press earlier this week, completely denied the chance of his club securing a deal for Manchester City reject Joe Hart, who recently turned 30 years old.

Reports had claimed a deal was nigh-on certain to take the £20m-rated England keeper to Anfield in the summer, but Klopp put cold water on such talk.

“Extra competition? We always think about the squad and the goalkeeper, but even when you don’t say the name, is it about Joe Hart?

“We don’t talk about things like this, but in this case we can. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, the keeper of the English national team, but we have highest quality goalkeepers, so it is not for us and hopefully not in the future.

“Not because of Joe, but we have already two strong goalkeepers. The situation around the goalkeeper is good.”

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