According to AS (h/t Sport Witness), Tottenham have made an offer for Marco Asensio this summer but have been told by his agent that they’d have to trigger his £623m release cause to stand any chance of signing him. Spurs aren’t short of forwards – Heung-min Son, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura – but Asensio would greatly improve the side and is a considerable upgrade on Lamela.
The 23-year-old joined Real Madrid from Espanyol in 2016 and has gone on to make 135 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 44 goals. Asensio wasn’t at his best last season, contributing only seven goals in 30 Liga games as Real finished third in the table, but the £90k-per-week forward still created 31 chances and made 41 successful dribbles (67%).
Tottenham aren’t going to pay such an extortionate amount of money for the Spanish international, but Real don’t appear keen to sell him. Los Blancos have rejected bids for Asensio and have made it clear that he’ll be a key player under Zinedine Zidane. Mauricio Pochettino may have more luck with Isco given his uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Spurs don’t seem to be interested in the playmaker.