Real Madrid insist Marco Asensio would cost his Premier League admirers around £621million – after revealing they rejected a £133m offer from England last summer.
The Spain midfielder, who was linked with Chelsea, came off the bench to inspire Real’s 3-1 comeback win at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night.
And Bernabeu president Florentino Perez insists Real manager Zinedine Zidane regards the 22-year-old as a game-changer whose best is yet to come.
Spanish website mundodeportivo report Perez as saying: “if someone wants the Mallorcan.. 700 million euros.”
That figure is thought to be Asensio’s release clause.
But Perez is urging the playmaker – already capped nine times – to be patient.
Prem giants Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all want to strengthen their midfield next summer.
But surely no team – not even PSG – would pay even half as much as Real want.
So the best chance of Asensio moving to the Prem would probably be a swap deal involving long-term Real target Eden Hazard.
The Belgium wideman, 27, has been the only consistent world-class performer for Chelsea this term.
PSG smashed the world transfer record last summer when they spent £198m – around 223m euros – on Barcelona’s Brazil striker Neymar, who was 26 last week.
But while Neymar was blitzing goals in La Liga, as the finest player in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Asensio spent time on loan at former club Mallorca and Espanyol.