The world was in shock when on one fine day, Barcelona announced that a certain club had agreed to pay Neymar’s release clause of €220 million. Fans of the game have been left baffled by the amount of cash involved in this one deal, and how much of football had become business.
However, it seems possible that the record of transfer fee might no longer be ranked first in the future, as Real Madrid have decided Marco Asensio would cost any interested party a whopping €700 million.
Both Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane believe the young Spaniard to be a vital prospect. According to Mundo Deportivo, Perez was quoted as saying that if someone wants the Mallorcan, they will have to cough up €700 million.
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The figure is widely interpreted to be Asensio’s release clause, which could be the reason why a €150 million offer from an unnamed English club was admittedly rejected by Los Blancos.
Surely even Paris Saint-Germain will probably be a couple of hundred million euros shy of Real’s asking price for the 22-year-old, which doesn’t make the case any more favourable for Premier League sides like Chelsea, Man Utd, and Liverpool.
Though unlikely, a swap deal wherein the Santiago Bernabeu outfit’s long-term target Eden Hazard could be put up for grabs for the midfield star may be on the cards.
Meanwhile, the youngster was the catalyst for his side’s stunning comeback against PSG this week, wherein his introduction to the match shifted the flow of the game in favour of the Galacticos. And Zidane insists the playmaker’s best is yet to come.