The Reds ambitiously target Real Madrid superstar…
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Liverpool want to sign Real Madrid’s superb Brazilian left-back Marcelo, talkSPORT reports.
The Reds currently top the Premier League table following this weekend’s thrashing of Tottenham, which made it eight top flight wins on the bounce.
The left-back position has been a constant problem however, with Jose Enrique perpetually injured, loanee Frenchman Aly Cissokho not proving good enough, and both Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan naturally more comfortable at right-back.
With Liverpool almost guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League next season, possibly having just won the Premier League, manager Brendan Rodgers wants to target proven world-class players to take the club to the next level.
Marcelo ticks these boxes. He’s 25-years-old, so is arguably yet to reach his peak, but has still notched up over 200 appearances for the Spanish giants. He’s set to start for Brazil at this summer’s World Cup, too, where he will hope to add to his 29 international caps.
Marcelo prides himself on his pace up and down the left flank, and his exceptional technical ability. As a result of his skill on the ball, he’s been deployed as a left winger in the past, although he is more comfortable overlapping the winger from a defensive position. The Brazilian can dribble, beat his man, pass the ball, while not being compromised defensively.
In short, he’s one of the very best in the world in his position.
As a result, he would likely command a very large transfer fee, although it’s unknown whether his club side would want to even consider selling him anyway. The Reds are apparently lining up a £25m bid, which would make him their second most expensive signing ever behind English striker Andy Carroll, who completely flopped at Anfield.
The deal will likely only be completed should Real Madrid bring in a suitable replacement. They have been linked with English duo Ashley Cole and Southampton’s wonderkid Luke Shaw – although neither are arguably at the level Marcelo is right now.
If Liverpool did manage to finalise a deal for the talented defender, it would lay down a marker to their rivals for the following season.