Real Madrid head-coach Rafa Benitez is desperate to find an alternative for left-back Marcelo when the transfer window re-opens in January. Real has now lined-up six potential names to cover the Brazilian international.
The Los Blancos have plenty of talent in most areas of the squad, but the left-back position bossed by the Brazilian international has no real competitors. Once Marcelo is injured out, there is a big void left for the opponents to exploit.
The Madrid boss has tried the likes of Nacho, Carvajal and Danilo at the position in the recent games, but he knows these are just short-term fixes. Before the season enters the crucial phase the coach wants to bring a natural left back into the Estadio Bernabeu.
According to Spanish publication Marca, the favorite is Alberto Moreno from Liverpool. Moreno arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2014 for 18 million euros from FC Sevilla is a key player for the Reds. The 23-year-old still has a contract which runs until 2019 and Jurgen Klopp will be reluctant to let his key player leave in January.
Another alternative tracked by the all-Whites is Samuel Umtiti of Olympique Lyon. But the 22-year old France Under-21 is most comfortable in the center of the defense.
The 24-year-old Brazilian Natanael Batista of Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad and Layvin Kurzawa of Paris St Germain are also on the list. But the 23-year-old Frenchman Kurzawa, who has only joined PSG from Monaco in the summer for 25 million euros should not be available.
Same can be said about the top favorite player David Alaba of Bayern Munich. The 23-year-old Austrian has already made 13 Bundesliga appearances is an established player in for Pep Guardiola’s team.
The last on the list is none other than Ricardo Rodríguez from VfL Wolfsburg. The Swiss born player with roots in Chile has already revealed that his next goal is to be part of a big Club and is attracted to the leagues of Spain and England.
The 23-year old who has a clause in his contract valid until 2016 looks like the most likely option for Real Madrid at the moment.