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Marco Asensio's agent reveals Barcelona's ridiculous reason for not signing him

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Real Madrid wonderkid Marco Asensio could so easily have become a Barcelona player in the summer of 2014 - but signed for 'Los Blancos' instead.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder scored an absolutely glorious goal in last night's 2-0 win over Barcelona in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Asensio did something rather similar in the first leg too and Zidane rewarded him with a starting berth ahead of Gareth Bale for the second leg.

The young Spanish international has scored a selection of long ranger wondergoals since netting a stunner on his Real Madrid debut against Sevilla just over one year ago in the UEFA Super Cup.

He's the name on everybody's lips and Cristiano Ronaldo's five game suspension will likely give Asensio the opportunity to be the star man at the Bernabeu.

Barcelona suffered at Asensio's hands on Wednesday night but he could so easily have become a Catalan player.

His agent Horacio Gaggioli told Bleacher Report how close Barcelona were to agreeing a fee for the teenage Mallorca sensation.

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Asensio rose to fame at Real Mallorca and received offers from a host of top clubs before eventually signing on the dotted line for the club he always adored.

Gaggioli was responsible for brokering Leo Messi's move to Barcelona and was hugely impressed after going to watch a new five-year-old sensation named Marco back in 2000.

"I liked him a lot," says Gaggioli, who has worked as Asensio's agent since being introduced to him. "He was grandisimo, a great footballer. He was spectacular in every sense. He had things you could see would make him an important player, just like Messi."

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Gaggiolo revealed that Barcelona bid €2.5 million for Asensio (with an extra €2 million if he played in the first division) but Mallorca insisted on €4.5 million up front.

"Barca said, 'No, we're not able.' They lost the opportunity," says Gaggioli. "When they changed their mind after three months, it was too late."

Whoever refused to stump up the extra €2m at the 'Blaugrana' is surely out of a job by now.

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Asensio looks more and more like a future Ballon d'Or winner every time he takes to the field and is set for a starring role as Zidane's team seek to win a third successive Champions League trophy.

Meanwhile the sale of Neymar to PSG appears to have dealt a massive blow to Barcelona's hopes of winning back the La Liga title.

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