Report: Southampton make surprise bid to sign Real Madrid teenager Marco Asensio

Southampton are reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio.

According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton have made an enquiry about signing Real Madrid teenager Marco Asensio on loan this summer.

The Saints have snapped up three players so far this summer in goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, defender Cedric Soares and forward Juanmi, but manager Ronald Koeman will still be searching for reinforcements - especially as they prepare to combine their Premier League campaign with Europa League commitments.

Having shopped in Spain once already to land Juanmi, it now seems that Koeman is ready to go back to La Liga for another target - this time, Real Madrid's Asensio.

The 19-year-old playmaker signed for Real in January having impressed with Real Mallorca, but was loaned back to the second tier side for the rest of the season.

Now with the Real Madrid side, new manager Rafael Benitez could look to loan out his teenage talent for next season - and The Mirror believe that Southampton have enquired about a season-long loan deal for the Spaniard, as have Middlesbrough, managed by former Real Madrid player and assistant manager Aitor Karanka.

What would Asensio offer Southampton?

The teenage playmaker is yet another technically gifted attacking midfielder from the seemingly endless production line over in Spain.

Asensio has superb close control and dribbling ability, whilst he's also quick enough to play out wide, even if he isn't going to blaze past defenders.

Having previously been compared to the likes of Isco and David Silva, Asensio is tipped to have a bright future - and Southampton could take advantage of his creative ability next season.

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