Arsenal have reportedly joined the race for Real Madrid left-back Marcelo after the Brazilian submitted a request to be traded.
He is strongly considering leaving the Galacticos after 13 seasons because of the newest addition to the squad – Ferland Mendy. The Frenchman is expected to provide Marcelo direct competition and eventually succeed into his spot on the left.
Marcelo, 31, still believes he is good enough to start but he might not have a regular spot in Zinedine Zidane’s squad next season. Sport understands that Madrid have received several offers for the Brazilian and currently, his representatives are speaking with the club president, Florentino Perez.
Arsenal have registered themselves in the chase but are facing strong competition from the likes of Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan. If it were any other season, where the Gunners were in the Champions League and one of Marcelo’s old teammates, Mesut Ozil was still considered a star at the Emirates, maybe the fans could have imagined acquiring him.
But now, with a team destined for the Europa League and Ozil walking on thin ice with Unai Emery, there is no way the German can recruit one of his ex confidants.
Marcelo himself might be edging towards a Juventus move since he will be able to pair up with Cristiano Ronaldo once again on the left flank. For now, Arsenal should devoid themselves of such pipe dreams and step up their efforts in getting the players they still can – Kieran Tierney and William Saliba.
Parent clubs of both players have rejected the North Londoners’ opening bids.
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