Mirror: Leeds United in hunt to sign Real Madrid left-back Marcelo
Leeds United are in the hunt to sign four-time Champions League winner Marcelo from Real Madrid, according to the Mirror.
The newspaper claims the Whites are being sounded out over a possible deal for the Brazilian left-back, although Premier League rivals Everton are considered to be the frontrunners for his signature.
The 33-year-old’s contract expires in June 2022 but Spanish giants Real Madrid have decided he can leave this summer, with a fee of around £5million mooted.
His agent is now searching for possible destinations, and the player is keen on a move to England or Italy.
This seemingly rules out a move to the USA where he was heavily linked with Inter Miami, whose (part) owner David Beckham wanted to reunite with Marcelo after their playing days in Madrid. [AS]
Marcelo, who Brazil legend Cafu called a “phenomenon” in February [Marca], is reportedly seeking a two-year contract at his next club, and any move would bring to an end his 14-year association with Real Madrid.
Next-level Alioski replacement
We’ve been fretting over Ezgjan Alioski’s expected departure this summer, a move that would leave us without a recognised left-back, but it would be some coup by the club if we could sign Marcelo.
Of course, the financial implications of the deal make it unlikely – would he accept a significant pay cut to play in the Premier League?
Furthermore, is he cut out for Marcelo Bielsa’s high intensity demands in the latter years of his career?
These are elements that place major doubts on his moving to West Yorkshire, but if we put the harsh realities to the side for a moment, this would be a sensational deal to complete.
Marcelo has won it all in his career – multiple La Liga’s and Champions League’s, amongst many other trophies.
He’s also been named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI on six occasions, including as recently as 2019.
The former Brazil international has only featured 42 times over the past couple of seasons as he has been ousted from the Real Madrid starting XI by French sensation Ferland Mendy.
But he still retains the skillset that made him the best left-back in the world, and we think he could still perform wonders in the Premier League.
In other Leeds United news, Duncan Castles has made a major transfer claim on Ben White in new summer twist for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.