Manchester United given hefty price in pursuit of Real Madrid star

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Real Madrid have told their former boss Jose Mourinho he will have to pay big money if he wants to sign youngster Marco Asensio for Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.

Los Blancos, who signed Asensio from Real Mallorca for just £3million the year after Mourinho left the club, in 2014, but have now put a staggering £40million price tag on his head.

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Despite having the likes of Isco, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him in the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu, 21-year-old Asensio is believed to have a bright future in Madrid.

The Star report that no fewer than 20 top flight clubs are chasing his services, with United leading Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for the playmaker.

With Champions League qualification looking doubtful for the Red Devils this season, the club are already compiling a list of summer transfer targets ahead of next year’s push.

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