Pundit backs Bielsa to get ‘massive’ Leeds transfer over line, purring at possibilities

Marcelo Real Madrid v Celta Vigo January 2021

Noel Whelan believes that Leeds would be pulling off a “massive coup” by bolstering their left-back berth with Real Madrid’s Marcelo.

The left side of defence has emerged as somewhat of a priority for the Whites this summer. Long-serving star Ezgjan Alioski looks to be on his way out, despite reports that he could sign a new deal. Meanwhile, Stuart Dallas has enjoyed his move to midfield, scoring important goals – including against Manchester City – last season.

As a result, Huesca’s Javi Galan is one target for a new signing there. The Spaniard’s name emerged after Stade Brest’s Romain Perraud, whose transfer links with Leeds fell through.

More recently, though, Madrid stalwart Marcelo has had links with a move to Elland Road. Reports claim Leeds are fighting Everton for the Brazilian, who does not fit into new boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Leeds man Whelan backed his old club to land the 33-year-old.

“That would be a massive coup if Leeds can pull that one off,” the pundit said.

“He’s a very professional player who has played at the top level pretty much since he started his career.

“That would be very exciting. He’s someone who can pass on a lot of experience to the younger players there.”

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Marcelo has made 528 appearances for Madrid since his move from Fluminense in 2007.

However, his game time has diminished of late and he only made 16 La Liga outings last term, 19 overall.

His exit was speculated last campaign under former boss Zinedine Zidane, but he could now pull that move off this summer, with only one year left on his deal.

Marcelo, Leeds transfer would excel


Whelan added: “But he’s someone who no doubt would improve that left-hand side. He loves to get forward, he’s a great defender and a set-piece specialist.

“If that’s something the club are looking at doing, that’s very exciting for Leeds fans and fans of the Premier League.”

Leeds are looking to build on a ninth-placed Premier League finish at the first time of asking, after their return to the top flight.

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