Asensio to replace Neymar

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Barcelona have identified Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio as their 'Plan B' for replacing Neymar, if the potential transfers of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele do not come through.

The Spanish giants are currently in pursuit of Liverpool playmaker Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund winger Dembele, but are struggling to finalise a deal for either.
It is clear that Coutinho is Barcelona's primary target to replace the departed Neymar. Reports on Friday morning, however, claim that Liverpool have rejected a transfer request issued by the Brazilian in order to push through a move to the Nou Camp.
On the other hand, Dortmund are playing hardball over their young talent Dembele and are holding out for a fee in the region of £135m.
According to Spanish publication 'Diario Gol', Barcelona have now turned their attention to Real Madrid's Marco Asesnio. Despite the interest, Real are unlikely to sell after the Spanish midfielder enjoyed a hugely successful campaign under Zinedine Zidane last season.
However, it has been reported that the 21-year-old has a release clause of just €80m (£72m), which in the current transfer market, is not an extortionate amount.
With Real Madrid still considering a move for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappé, it is understood 'Los Blancos' may be tempted into a deal.

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