Leicester City ‘very close’ to signing Real Madrid icon, with one-year contract in the works

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Marcelo and Toni Kroos Credit: PA Images
Marcelo and Toni Kroos Credit: PA Images

Leicester City could soon announce former Real Madrid star Marcelo as their third summer signing, according to one journalist.

For a while, Leicester’s only senior signing was that of English goalkeeper Alex Smithies on a free transfer from Cardiff City. Luckily for Foxes fans, the club has since acted to bring in Wesley Fofana’s replacement.

Following his switch to Chelsea, Leicester have captured Belgian centre-half Wout Faes from Stade Reims.

The fee was kept undisclosed by both teams, but reports claim it is worth £15.3million. The player has agreed a five-year contract at the King Power Stadium.

And Leicester are seemingly getting to work on another deadline-day transfer. Spanish journalist Marti Miras claims they have been in talks with Marcelo following the expiry of his Real contract.

And Brendan Rodgers’ side are now ‘very close’ to landing Marcelo on a free transfer, Miras states.

The Brazilian, who has won five Champions Leagues in his career, is ready to pen a one-year deal with Leicester.

He just needs to complete a medical before the move can reach completion.

Leicester to make statement with Marcelo arrival

Leicester capturing Marcelo would be an eye-opening transfer. The attacking left-back has won almost everything there is to win in the game.

He is known as one of the best full-backs of all time, so it will be exciting to see him play in the Premier League. Admittedly, though, Marcelo is now 34 years old and past his prime.

It will be interesting to see how much Marcelo might earn at Leicester. He won’t cost a transfer fee, which will save the club money, but he took home around £250,000 a week during his last Real contract.

Leicester, clearly, would struggle to meet this sum and will have to talk the player down from his eye-watering demands.

Should he join the East Midlands outfit, then Marcelo will compete with James Justin, Ryan Bertrand and Luke Thomas for a spot on the left side of defence.

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