West Ham United are showing short-term vision in the transfer market by targeting a swoop for Marcelo ahead of the Olympique Lyonnais defender becoming a free agent in 2021.
According to The Sun, the Irons will have the opportunity to bring Marcelo to the London Stadium at the end of the season with the 33-year-old desperate to play in the Premier League.
The Hammers came close to signing the Brazilian in January for £20million, but saw the deal fall through before he went on to provide a pivotal role in Lyon’s path to the Champions League semi-final.
A number of clubs are said to be monitoring Marcelo’s situation at the Groupama Stadium with his £53,000-per-week contract entering its final six months, though sources close to the player are alleged to see West Ham as a “great opportunity” following the negotiations held last winter.
Marcelo would like to join a Premier League side to round out a world tour that has seen the centre-back play in Brazil, Poland, Holland, Germany and Turkey before joining Lyon in 2017, where has overcome great adversity.
The former U20 international told his Lyon teammates that he wished to quit the club last December amid fears for his and his family’s safety, after supporters clashed with players over a provocative banner which featured references to donkeys.
West Ham had held a long-standing interest in Marcelo before the incident, with reports dating back to Manuel Pellegrini’s first window in charge claiming Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas had blocked an approach.
West Ham striving to sign Marcelo three-years on from Aulas initially stopping a deal from going through would only serve to see David Sullivan display short-term vision for an area in David Moyes’ side that would benefit from younger legs.
Marcelo would no doubt bring quality to the London Stadium, having recorded 1.5 successful tackles, 3.6 clearances, 1.6 interceptions and 5.4 duels won per Ligue 1 appearance this season, per SofaScore, but it would remain to be seen how long he would be able to maintain that level in England.
The Brazilian turns 34 in May and would instantly become one of the eldest members of the Irons dressing room, where only goalkeepers Lukasz Fabianski (35) and David Martin (34) are notably older.
Angelo Ogbonna, 32, is the eldest among Moyes’ current defenders and will soon need replacing with a long-term option, with Issa Diop, 23, as far from the first-team picture as he has ever been under the Hammers boss.
Sullivan would be far better served looking to spend his cash on a central defender who would slot between Diop and Fabian Balbuena, 29, in the age chart and offer competition for the pair plus Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell, 31, than someone who may only prove beneficial for a season at best.