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Marco Asensio is a winger/attacking midfielder who plies his trade with Spanish club side Real Mallorca. At just 18-years-old, he has only recently come onto the high level scene, appearing for Mallorca’s first team last season after breaking through from their B side. Despite his youth, Asensio is very much seen as a superstar in the making, and has allegedly been scouted by some of Europe’s top clubs, including La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Big Sam, spend some money!
According to reports, the Hammers have already had a bid in the region of £750,000 plus add-ons knocked back by the Spanish club. If Asensio is as talented as many reports seem to suggest, then it is hardly surprising the Mallorca would reject such an offer, especially as competition is likely to be strong for the youngster’s signature. The club would have to dig a bit deeper into their coffer to have any chance of pulling this one off.
It could well be worth adding a few million to the bid, though, as with such potential at such a young age, the value of Asensio is likely to soar as the years go by.
It would probably be too good to be true for West Ham to capture the Spanish teenager, a situation a little reminiscent of the time when an audacious bid was made by the Hammers in 2010 for a certain Brazilian wonderkid called Neymar. I wonder what happened to him…
Indeed there is strong rumours of interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City, each of whom have significantly more spending power than the East Londoners, and almost certainly provide more attractive destinations for Asensio. Still, it sounds as though Sam Allardyce is willing to give it a go and why not?!
Clearly, if the hype is to be believed, then Asensio would be a brilliant signing for West Ham, not just for the coming campaign but for years to come. According to various articles, the youngster is quick with great technical ability on the ball. Such creative attributes are something that the Hammers lacked immensely last season and, as such, Asensio could potentially be of great value to the side.
At such a tender age, it may well be the case that it is a little early for the Spanish teenager to face the physical demands of the Premier League, but at the very least he would be one for the future for West Ham.