LIVERPOOL have made an audacious £150million bid for Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, according to reports.
The Spanish midfielder is considered one of brightest young talents in the world, after breaking into the Los Blancos first-team.
And now Liverpool are reported to have already made a formal bid to meet the 22-year-old’s release clause, a fee that would smash the British transfer record, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
The Reds want Asensio to be their creative spark behind the front three of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Asensio is contracted until June 2023 and has a mind-boggling £615M release clause.
It would represent a massive statement, as Liverpool look to claim major silverware next season, after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
The Reds are also targeting a first league title since 1990, but would need to surpass the current British transfer record of £89m, which Manchester United splashed out to sign Paul Pogba.
Asensio would also become the third-most expensive player ever, after Brazil’s Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain’s proposed move for Kylian Mbappe.
His rise at Real has marked him as a future world-class player, having become known for his direct dribbling, vision and extraordinary goals.
The Spaniard – currently in Russia at the World Cup – was involved in 16 goals last season in all competitions, including scoring a sensational double against Valencia.