Liverpool and Arsenal have reportedly been told how much they will have to pay to sign the Real Madrid striker in January.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are fourth in the Premier League table after 11 games. They were undefeated until Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham.
Liverpool responded twice but could not stop Iron, who passed them to third place with three points.
The Reds hope to get a response after the international break ends. They will face Arsenal Mikel Arteta on Saturday 20 November.
Their upcoming opponents recently hit the purple patch, winning four games on the spin. Arsenal have also not lost since their 5-0 win in August over Man City.
Both giants of the Premier League are eyeing potential recruits in January to push them up the table. One target is Real Madrid star Marco Asensio.
The Spaniard joined Los Blancos in 2015 for just €3.9 million. He went on to win a range of titles, including two league titles and the Champions League twice.
However, Asensio has fallen from the striker’s ranking recently. He has yet to complete the full 90 minutes in La Liga that term as Carlo Ancelotti prefers to work with him Vinicius Jr Rodrygo is on either side.
ESPNCiting reports in Spanish newspapers, Real Madrid are open to selling the 25-year-old. They will let him move this winter if his €40m (£34.1m) price is met.
This amount is achievable for the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. The Reds’ record signing is Virgil van Dijk, who was brought in from Southampton for £75m. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s £72 million winger Nicolas Pepe.
The report also offers some insight into Arteta’s thinking. She claims that the manager wants Asensio to link up with playmaker Martin Odegaard. They were teammates in the Spanish capital before Odegaard moved to the Emirates Stadium earlier this year.
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Redknapp questioning the Liverpool defender
Meanwhile, critic Jamie Redknapp Doubt Joel Matip’s decision After losing to West Ham.
The center back advanced toward Jarrod Bowen in building a Pablo Fornals goal when he should have pulled out.
“I don’t know what Joel Matip is doing here, why he’s drawn to the ball and then not back on target,” Redknapp said.
“You can see Fornals, he’s running behind him and Matip is attracted to the ball. Just go back, sprint! But instead he’s trying to run toward the ball.
“It is a huge mistake and the goalkeeper should do a better job as well. Alisson had a really bad day.”
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