£158m bid prepared to sign Marco Asensio from Real Madrid

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Should Liverpool sign Asensio, he would become the Reds' third summer signing, following Fabinho and Naby Keita to Anfield. We can not afford the gulf between ourselves and our rivals grow.

The likes of Southampton, Everton and Wolves have shown an interest, but the bargain price has led to the Premier League big guns making a move, and now it appears to be a straight contest between Spurs and Liverpool. As always with Don Balon, you have to take this with an almighty pinch of salt - but we can dream!

TeamTalk cites a report from Mundo Deportivo over the weekend that claimed Liverpool had submitted a stunning £158m [€180m] bid and Madrid were now considering the offer having knocked back two lower offers in the past.

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Asensio signed a six-year deal at Real Madrid last September but failed to cement a regular first-team spot under Zinedine Zidane in the final third of the campaign.

On Tuesday he said: 'When the World Cup is over, we'll talk about that sort of thing, now I'm focused on selection.

Neymar's global team-mate left the Reds for Barcelona in January for £142m, meaning Jurgen Klopp has money to spend.

The winger has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks, with Real Madrid preparing for a summer shake-up.

The 24-year-old scored 18 times and made eight assists in 30 appearances in the French top flight last season.

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