Report claims Liverpool are prepared to smash the British transfer record for Marco Asensio

Marco Asensio of Real Madrid CF in action during his warming-up session before the Copa del Rey quarter final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Club Deportivo Leganes at Estadio...

Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing the Real Madrid ace.

Marco Asensio of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their opening goal during the Supercopa de Espana Final 2nd Leg match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu...

According to the Sun, Liverpool are prepared to smash the Premier League transfer record in order to sign Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio this summer.

Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo claimed last week that the Reds submitted an offer of £158.3 million to Madrid for the 22-year-old's services - a bid that was subsequently rejected by the La Liga giants.

TOPSHOT - Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid...

The Sun now suggest that Jürgen Klopp is prepared to go all out for Asensio, and has the Liverpool board's backing to sanction a £178 million move for the Spain international.

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If the Merseyside outfit are successful in their pursuit of the Madrid ace, he would become the second most expensive footballer of all-time, behind Neymar, and the £178 million transfer would smash the current English record of the £89 million that Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba two years ago.

Good signing for Liverpool?

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Real Madrid...

Asensio is one of the most highly sought-after young players in world football, and he would be a quite simply sensational addition to the Reds' squad.

The Spaniard possesses blistering pace and is cool and composed in front of goal. He would bring strong competition to Liverpool's famous front three, and could be the signing that takes the Merseyside outfit to that elusive next level.

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