English trio eye Asenjo
Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton are reportedly vying to sign Real Valladolid goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 29/12/07 12:38pm
Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton are vying to sign Real Valladolid goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo, according to reports in Spain.
The Premier League clubs are understood to have sent scouts to watch the 18-year-old in action, and could now decide to match his buy-out clause of 4.5million euros (£3.3million) to try and sign him in the summer
Valladolid supremo Carlos Suarez is aware that he would be powerless to prevent Asenjo from leaving if an offer comes in.
"We are prepared for any situation and it is not impossible to see that a club may think about paying his buy-out clause," Suarez told AS.
"We want him to stay here because we will do what is best for him. But his value is continuing to grow."
Along with the English trio, Asenjo's agent has revealed that several Spanish sides have also shown an interest in the keeper.
Fernando Redondo explained: "More than one Spanish team is very interested in his future with a view to next season.
"But with his buy-out clause standing at €4.5m, they have held off. Sergio is going to stay where he is for now."
Asenjo made his first-team debut for Valladolid in the 2-0 victory over Villarreal earlier this month and his performance in keeping a clean sheet saw him win many plaudits.