Real Madrid has found an eminent backup of Marcelo in the form of Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, claims Italian Journalist Gianluco Di Marzio. The Real Madrid manager feels his team lacks depth in that position and needs to strengthen it with the 23-year-old Swiss international.
On top of that, a transfer ban around Real Madrid’s head, the Spanish giants are eager to complete the deal within the January transfer window, for a highly unlikely fee for a defender- 40 million Euros.
Wolfsburg have found an infamous reputation in selling their star players for big money, the latest addition to this allegation being Ivan Perisic to Inter Milan and Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City during the last transfer window. And the trend is expected to continue this window, with the club ready to sell another promising youngster for big money.
Wolfsburg may agree to part company with Rodriguez, but are expected demand 50 million Euros for the player.
If the player joins Los Blancos, he will be sent back to Wolfsburg on a loan deal which will see him stay with the German outfit till Euro 2016. Real Madrid will then try to register him to its already star-studded team before the transfer ban is imposed upon them.
Currently, Marcelo is the only renowned left-back in the Madrid team, succeeded by a bunch of youngsters, who are too early to play for the first team.
Ricardo Rodriguez joined the German outfit from FC Zurich in 2012 and has made 112 appearances for the Wolfsburg, scoring 17 times. The left-back has also gained 32 international caps- an exceedingly impressive stat, provided his young age.