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Report – Madrid to swap Marcelo for Alex Sandro


Reports from Tuttosport suggest that Real Madrid could swap left-back Marcelo for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro in the January transfer window.

The report suggests that Marcelo has a questionable relationship with new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, especially after he was subbed off in the game against Girona.

It is also believed that Marcelo is keen to reunite with former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo who made a £100 million move to Juventus in the summer.

Reports suggested that Juventus were also interested in signing Marcelo this summer but could not meet up with the resolution of a series of issues on time.

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The future of Alex Sandro was one of such issues, although Real Madrid now appear keen to acquire him as part of a swap deal for Marcelo. Therefore, a deal now seems possible.

Reports in Spain suggested that Marcelo’s relationship with Lopetegui has deteriorated to the point where the Brazilian full-back has been sent to train with the reserves.

This was preceded by his comments after the Girona game. Marcelo said:: ‘I was surprised by the change but I respect the decision of the coach.

I wanted to continue because I felt 100 per cent good. I do not understand the substitution but with respect, it is a decision of the coach. I always want to play.’

Meanwhile, any potential swap deal will be easier as UEFA regulations allow players to register for a new team in the UCL after the close of the January transfer window.

Marcelo will play no part for Brazil in the international break after being left out, while Alex Sandro earned a place.