Real Madrid have reportedly turned down an offer worth €180m for highly coveted midfielder, Marco Asensio.
The 23-year-old has been involved in a lot of transfer rumours recently due to his exclusion from Madrid’s regular starting spot. Even after 5 years at the club, Asensio has failed to earn a guaranteed starting spot despite being hailed as one of the best rising talents.
His agent, Horacio Gaggioli told ESPN, “Over the last year there have been offers as high as €150m and €180m, but Madrid did not want to listen to them. There is always interest in Marco from other big clubs, seeing if he wanted to leave, which is normal for the player he is.
“But he always says that he is very happy with Madrid, is only interested in being a success there. He is still a young kid, improving all the time, and the club is very happy with him too.”
Earlier reports have linked Asensio to clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League.
“This year it has been difficult for everyone at Madrid, it has not been a good year for anyone at the club,” Gaggioli added. “These things can happen in football – the whole team dropped their level, not just Marco.
“Maybe there was more a focus on Asensio as he had shown such a high level before, there was lots of expectation, and it has not worked out this year. But on an individual level it is not easy if the team is not playing well.
“It does not matter who you are, whether you are Lionel Messi or Diego Maradona. But Marco has played well with Spain, has become a regular with the senior international team. He is just thinking now about next season, and winning things again with Real Madrid.”