Jose Mourihno is not a happy bunny and he’s looking for Marcelo to bring him some smiles. He cut a dejected figure in the press conference following the 4-1 pre-season defeat to Liverpool. The problem has been that many of Manchester United’s targets have been courted by other clubs.
Alternatively, targets have been players whose ability to move is contingent on their own club making a signing. Mourihno has made it clear that David Alaba is on his wishlist and as you may have read should Bayern sign Juve left back Alex Sandro, Alaba is likely to be on his way to Old Trafford. This will open the door for Juve to swoop for Marcelo.
Marcelo next for Juve?
It would seem odd that Juventus would sell their left back without having a replacement lined up. There is nobody really in their squad who is ready to step in and fill Alex Sandro’s boots should he head to Bayern. Lazy Fan Sports can confirm that Juve would try to make a move for Real Madrid’s Marcelo as Sandro’s potential replacement. He ticks a few boxes for them.
Even though he is 30, a player’s shelf life increases when they move to Italy. The game is slower and even though he would command a high fee, Marcelo probably has a good 6 years in him in Italy. Likewise the Ronaldo fee was high, but Juve would argue that the fee represents good value because you can add 2 years onto his career in the Italian League.
The transfer would also indicate to Ronaldo that Juventus are a serious force. It would provide their new star with a former colleague who he got on very well with. It just makes sense.
Madrid- a new era
The post-Ronaldo Real Madrid era has begun and if you have a look at the way that club has been run since the late 90’s and early 000’s, when times change, players change. Madrid are bigger than any player and although Marcelo has been an excellent servant, the average age of the squad is too high. Madrid are in flux at the moment and they need to build a new young squad to put them in a position to be challenging for La Liga.
They will no doubt make some big signings before the summer is up and would be open to listening to big offers for a 30 year old left back. With Juventus already showing that they are unafraid to splash the cash, should a few things fall into place, Marcelo could well be playing in Italy next season.