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Liverpool line up huge bid for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio

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Liverpool are willing to pay an astonishing £158 million to bring Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio to Anfield, according to reports.

Various Spanish media outlets have reported Liverpool have tabled a ‘firm offer’ for the 22-year-old playmaker.

Moreover, the reports have not been denied by Real Madrid, giving some credence to this rumour.

Asensio is rated as one of the brightest talents in Spanish football, and is already an international for Spain – he is currently at the World Cup in Russia – although he was not a regular starter for Madrid last season.

A bid of this size would be enough to convince Madrid bosses to part with a player of massive potential.

It would also give them the financial clout to make a world-record bid for Paris St-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar, who would be the marquee signing Madrid are craving as they seek to depose Barcelona as champions of Spain.

Asensio himself is said to be becoming frustrated at his lack of starts at Madrid and could be open to a move.

However, it is not known if new Madrid manager Julien Lopetegui would be willing to sell him. Plus, Asensio has a €700 million release clause in his contract, but it is thought it is only theoretical and a huge bid such as Liverpool’s could be enough.

If – and it’s a big if – he deal happens it will be the second largest in history, behind only the £200 million PSG paid Barca for Neymar last summer.

Real Madrid to swoop for Liverpool target Nabil Fekir

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Champions League winners Real Madrid want to sign long-term Liverpool target Nabil Fekir, it has been claimed.

Fekir’s club president, Jean-Michel Aulas, made the claim on French television station RT France. He added that the reason Fekir’s £53 million transfer to Liverpool collapsed is not because of medical issues – as the Reds said – but because he had pulled the deal as it was taking too long to complete.

Once the deal was off, Madrid were alerted and new manager Julien Lopetegui is interested in making a move for him.

This will come as a blow to Liverpool who are reportedly keen to resurrect the deal.

“It was foreseen that he [Fekir] would go to Liverpool, I had given it the green light to go ahead. But it just took too long, things were too drawn out,” Aulas said.

“The fact things didn’t conclude with Liverpool… has piqued the interest of a lot of other clubs, Real Madrid but not just Real Madrid… there is a lot of interest from other camps.”

That said, Aulas wants to keep Fekir at Lyon but added that if he really wants to leave, they will find the biggest club for him “to match his talent.”

Meanwhile Fekir himself is still keen on a move to Anfield. The French forward hopes that a deal can be restructured that takes into account fears over a previous cruciate ligament injury.

However, nothing will be decided until after France’s involvement in the World Cup is over.

Tottenham Hotspur line up bid for Croatia World Cup star

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Tottenham Hotspur are planning to make a £26 million bid for Croatian winger Ante Rebic, it has been reported.

Rebic, who scored Croatia’s first in their 3-0 win over Argentina, currently plays for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, who are said to be willing to sell him for £26.3 million.

Tottenham have yet to make any signing this summer – unless you count tying Harry Kane to a new long-term deal – but they are looking at attacking reinforcements to take the pressure off Kane and Christian Eriksen.

The Express reported that Spurs are keen to add Rebic who, at a shade over £26 million, could be considered good value.

However, any deal will likely have to wait until Croatia are out of the World Cup – which won’t be for some time as they are through to the knockout stage with a game to spare.

Premier League and Italian clubs line up to sign Jack Wilshire after he leaves Arsenal

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Midfielder Jack Wilshire has confirmed he will be leaving Arsenal this summer when his contract expires.

He had been offered a new deal at the Emirates but has declined to take it up after having had discussions with new boss Unai Emery, who said Wilshire would only be a bit part player next season.

This brings to an end Wilshire’s 17-year association with the Gunners.

“I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have done due to purely footballing reasons,” he said.

But there are no shortage of clubs queuing up to sign 26-year-old Wilshire. Top of the list are West Ham United; new manager Manuel Pellegrini wants him as he rebuilds the squad – plus it would mean he would stay in London.

Another London club, Crystal Palace, are interested. Manager Roy Hodgson worked with the player when he was with England, so he knows him well.

Outside of London, Everton are rumoured to be interested and Wilshire would fit into new manager Marco Silva’s style of play. He would also be cheap, as the transfer budget there isn’t massive.

More outside bets for a move are newly-promoted but ambitious Wolverhampton Wanderers – who could afford his high wages without a problem – and Southampton.

There also rumoured to be interested from Italy. AC Milan has been mentioned, as have Sampdoria. It is thought Wilshire may be open to a move abroad – and the Italian style of play may suit him.

Manchester United could bid for Marco Asensio if he says he wants to leave Real Madrid

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Manchester United are one of several clubs keeping tabs on Marco Asensio’s situation at Real Madrid, and could make a bid for him.

Asensio, 22, wants assurances about being a first-team regular at the Bernabeu next season, and, if they are not forthcoming, he is prepared to consider his future and possibly leave the club, according to Spanish outlet El Gol Digital.

With new boss Julien Lopetegui coming in, Asensio wants to see where he fits into his plans before commiting his future to the club – or not.

Should he wish to leave, United are not the only club interested in signing the Spanish international. Paris St-Germain (obviously) and Chelsea are also said to be keeping tabs on him.

The midfielder would command a high fee – probably at least £50 million – but that would not be a problem for any of the sides reportedly interested in him.