Liverpool Transfer News: Real Madrid's Marcelo Eyed as Alberto Moreno Stalls

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 24, 2014

Brazil's Marcelo controls a ball during the group A World Cup soccer match between Cameroon and Brazil at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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Liverpool are switching their left-back attention from Seville to Madrid after it emerged that Marcelo has moved into their sights, having struggled to sanction a deal for Alberto Moreno.

The Reds will be going head-to-head against Tottenham should they look to sign the Real Madrid defender, according to the Daily Star's Jack Wilson, who mentions a price tag of £24 million for the Brazilian international.

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Jose Enrique opted for knee surgery early on last season, and what was expected to be a fairly simple procedure ended up ruling him out for the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign, leaving Jon Flanagan to fill in at left-back for most of the term.

Brendan Rodgers' side were thought to be closing in on Sevilla's Moreno but are supposedly put off by the figures involved, with the Spanish club's president Jose Castro quoted by Spanish newspaper ABC (h/t talkSPORT) in proclaiming the left-back is theirs only for the right price:

It's true that there is interest from a number of clubs, above all Liverpool, in him, but we haven't had proper conversations about selling him.

Signing any player from this club has a price and we will decide that price. If Alberto Moreno has to stay at the club he will stay but if a club pays the amount we think is big enough for him to leave, he will leave. But there is no pressure. We haven't reached an agreement, but talks haven't broken down. We'll wait and see what happens. If Liverpool are interested in the player and pay the right amount, he will be sold.

From that, one can glean that Moreno is certainly available, but it's also a positive to see that the Anfield outfit are being careful with their expenses, not willing to shell out just any fee for a player unproven in the English setting.

Liverpool were reported by Inside Spanish Football to have given up on the signing of Moreno last week, although they may yet come back for the 21-year-old should their new plans not bear fruit:

Marcelo is currently on World Cup duty with Brazil and played every minute of the Selecao's group-stage campaign, in which they topped Group A to set up a round of 16 tie against Chile.

The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman critiques the double-edged presence that Real Madrid's star brings to the pitch, possessing a fearsome approach on the ball but making special note of his tendency toward overexaggeration:

Rodgers may be willing to put up with such frustrations or perhaps even cure them with time should a move materialise, but that would be difficult to imagine at present.

Marcelo is 26 years of age and coming into the prime of his career off the back of a Champions League-winning year, which could be made all the more jubilant were Brazil to win a home World Cup this summer.

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Even though Liverpool look like a renewed force after returning to Europe's elite competition, it's hard to see what would motivate Marcelo toward an Anfield switch, unless Los Merengues were all of a sudden eager to offload him.

That doesn't seem all too likely to happen, but the Reds nonetheless have their left-back priorities once again focused in La Liga as they seek to build a squad capable of greater ambitions.