Real Madrid legend Marcelo, who will be a free agent at the end of this month, has been offered a contract by Italian champions AC Milan.
According to Spanish publication AS, Real Madrid icon Marcelo, who is set to depart as a free agent this summer, is attracting the interest of reigning Serie A champions AC Milan.
Marcelo’s time at Real Madrid will come to an end this month, with the Brazilian defender bidding goodbye to the club in an emotional farewell event earlier this month. The 34-year-old leaves Real Madrid as one of the most decorated players in the history of the club, having won six La Liga titles and five UEFA Champions League crowns, along with numerous other honours.
In total, after joining from Fluminense in January 2007, Marcelo made 544 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring 34 times and assisting 104 goals. However, he was reduced to a backup player over the past couple of seasons, with Ferland Mendy assuming duties as the first-choice left-back.
With Real Madrid building towards the future, they decided not to hand Marcelo a new contract, with his current deal expiring on June 30. Set to become a free agent, the 34-year-old has no shortage of suitors heading into the summer transfer window.
Marcelo confirms: “I won't retire, not now. I feel I can still play. Facing Real Madrid? It won't be a problem. I'm a bit Madridista but I'm also a big professional”. ⚪️🇧🇷 #Marcelo pic.twitter.com/B3KDN4jmck
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 13, 2022
Indeed, Marcelo has been linked with a move back to his homeland of Brazil but is keen on staying put in Europe. Turkish giants Fenerbahce have shown an interest in the veteran, while Real Valladolid are also linked with a move. Now AC Milan, too, have emerged as a possible suitor for the departing Real Madrid captain.
AC Milan have former Real Madrid ace Theo Hernandez as their first-choice left-back, with Fode Ballo-Toure as a backup. However, it seems like Stefano Pioli’s side are keen on adding Marcelo to their ranks, possibly for the experience, leadership and winning mentality that the 34-year-old star brings to the table.
To that end, the Rossoneri have tabled a contract offer worth around €3 million per year to Marcelo. However, the soon-to-be free agent is not convinced by the proposal, which is half of what he used to pocket at Real Madrid. However, Milan are not prepared to give up on their pursuit yet and are likely to return with an improved offer. But with other suitors also ramping up interest, the Serie A champions must act swiftly.