Real Madrid are said to be interested in signing Wolfsburg full-back Ricardo Rodriguez this summer. The Swiss international's stock has been rising the past few years, establishing a glowing reputation from his performances in the Bundesliga.
Zinedine Zidane's side have struggled defensively at times this season, with the recent 2-0 to Wolfsburg in the Champions League reflective of this plaguing issue.
Marcelo has been the undisputed left-back at the club for some years now but was noticeably lacklustre against the Germans, as he has been on several occasions in the last few years.
The introduction of some competition in the squad could help galvanise the Brazilian and provide Madrid and Zidane with a viable option to utilise.
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Perfect player for Madrid
Rodriguez's style of play is tailor-made for the Spanish giants as he possesses a whole host of impressive offensive tendencies, most notably his crossing and ability to take on opposition players.
Defensively the Wolfsburg man is also very assured and would perhaps give Madrid some increased stability at the back, a position where they are notoriously complacent.
Marcelo has been a loyal servant to the club and has produced a number of outstanding displays during his time in Spain, but performances of late show that the Brazilian could do with some help.
Rodriguez could be the assistance he requires, a youthful option to lessen the workload and perhaps add a different dimension to Madrid's back line.
Competition needed in squad
The lack of competition for Marcelo is surely not beneficial to his status within the squad as his position is rarely under threat despite having periods of indifferent form.
The right-hand side of Madrid's defence is in stark contrast, with both Danilo and Dani Carvajal fighting for a starting berth. The duo are regularly rotated, with the latter really beginning to establish himself as one of the finest full-backs in the world.
Sadly, Danilo hasn't been able to forge a reputation of this kind but the healthy competition present for this position has enabled one player to elevate his status.
Rodriguez's arrival could have a similar effect. Marcelo may start to produce the football he is capable of or the Swiss international will show his value and establish himself as the first-choice.
Either way, the club are benefitting from the acquisition and it is hard to see how anything negative could really come of the proposed transfer.
Even if the Wolfsburg man struggled upon his arrival he would be in very capable hands. Marcelo is one of the most experienced at the highest level of football and would no doubt be able to further enhance the 23-year-old's knowledge of his trade.
This then gives Madrid a sustainable option for the future, one that has been nurtured at the club.
Los Blancos have a history of making unnecessary signings, but the acquisition of Rodriguez would almost certainly not fall into this category. In fact, it could prove to be a stroke of genius by the club's hierarchy.
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