Queens Park Rangers have been dealt a huge boost to their hopes of bringing Emiliano Marcondes to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Independent, who claim that Brentford are set to release the 26-year-old attacking midfielder at the end of his current contract at the Brentford Community Stadium, which is due to expire at the end of the month.
This could potentially open the door for QPR to reignite their reported January interest in the former Denmark U21 international, as he will be available to sign on a free transfer in the coming weeks.
Considering how regularly Marcondes featured for Thomas Frank’s promotion-winning Brentford side last season, the news that the club plan to release the midfielder this summer comes as somewhat surprising news.
However, this should not bother Mark Warburton in the slightest, as the 26-year-old would appear to be an excellent addition to the 58-year-old’s attacking arsenal at QPR ahead of their upcoming Championship campaign.
Indeed, over his 31 league appearances – only 12 of which came as starts – for Brentford last season, Marcondes scored one goal, registered two assists and created three big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 0.8 shots and making 0.7 key passes per game.
While these would by no means appear to be mind-blowing returns, when taking into account the £2.52m-rated man only featured for an average of 44 minutes per fixture, his metrics are rather impressive, with the 26-year-old earning a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.75.
As such, with the potential of playing more minutes, and subsequently returning a greater number of goals and assists, if a move to QPR were to come off, the versatile £12k-per-week forward could well prove an extremely astute piece of business for Warburton to get over the line this summer – as the Rs manager bids to build a side capable of mounting a push for the play-off places next season.
And, with the player Frank dubbed “remarkable” having scored the goal in the play-off final that all but secured Premier League football for Brentford next season, perhaps Marcondes could go on to repeat the feat with QPR next term.