Liverpool are ready to launch a stunning £25m bid for Real Madrid defender Marcelo, according to talkSPORT.
Relaying reports from Spain, talkSPORT claim that the current Premier League leaders are preparing for a return to the Champions League by targeting elite players in the summer transfer window.
Although Liverpool have been sensational in attack, their defence remains a primary concern for Brendan Rodgers and it appears his priority for the summer transfer window is to plug the gaps at the back.
By returning to Europe's elite competition, Liverpool will get a windfall to the tune of £60m in TV revenue and want to use that cash to help consolidate their position amongst the biggest clubs. They plan to invest in top-class players this summer and have highlighted Real Madrid's flying left-back Marcelo as a potential addition.
The Brazilian defender is a firm starter under Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu and Real Madrid would be reluctant to let him go. But with just over a year left on his current contract, Liverpool believe an offer in the region of £25m will tempt the La Liga giants into selling.
At just 25-years-old, Marcelo has already conjured a wealth of experience for Real Madrid, playing over 200 times for Los Blancos at both left-back and on the wings. He has displaced the highly-rated Fabio Coentrao in the Spanish capital and looks set to star for Brazil in the World Cup.
Liverpool's need for a left-back has been highlighted by Rodgers' use of Jon Flanagan in the position despite his affinity to the right-back position.