The Brazilian’s technical value is indisputable, but his physical condition is perplexing. The Emerson hypothesis remains alive, even if it costs a lot
Marcelo suggestion, between great expectations and some doubts. The name of the Brazilian left-back has ended up in the orbit of Lazio. A suggestion, for now, even if it is not just a simple idea, but a real hypothesis on which the biancoceleste club has been working for a few days. A final decision will be taken in the next few hours by the club and the technical staff. But the news has already sparked the great interest of Lazio fans, who more or less unanimously sided in favor of the hiring of the Brazilian winger, who left Real Madrid in June. The purchase of him would mean the arrival of a player of international standing, even if no longer very young. And, in the eyes of the fans, it would also be an adequate response to Roma’s signing of Dybala.
However, the club and the coaching staff have to make other assessments. Or rather, they have to think more broadly. From an economic point of view, the operation was deemed feasible. Marcelo would like a three-year from 2.3-2.5 million per season, a figure that is not low but still affordable. From a technical point of view, then, his qualities are not discussed and moreover, precisely in the sector of left-backs, Lazio is not sufficiently covered. The only left-hander available to Sarri is Stefan Radu, the dean of the locker room. The coach alternately moves Marusic and Hysaj to that lane, but they are right-footed and obviously have a less brilliant performance on the opposite side. Marcelo would therefore fill a gap in the staff. The doubts about him are therefore different and concern the physical condition. In the last season the Brazilian played just 12 La Liga games, only 5 of which as a starter. And in the Champions League there were 3 appearances, all as a substitute. For a long time he has been stopped due to various muscular problems, a situation that cannot be ignored.
A final decision will be made in the coming days, almost certainly within this week. If Lazio were to decide to sink the blow, they would make an official proposal to the player very close to his requests, so there should be no problems in closing. Otherwise Lazio would turn to other objectives. Sarri likes Emerson Palmieri, his former Chelsea player. He has high costs, however, both for the card (the English club would like at least ten million euros) and for the signing (at Chelsea he earns over 4 million euros). Then there is a cheaper and more future-oriented solution: it leads to the Cremonese where Valeri plays (former Lazio nursery, by the way). All these hypotheses, from Marcelo to Emerson Palmieri, passing through Valeri, would in any case imply the sale of Hysaj, not so much for cash reasons as for balance in the numbers of the staff. Villarreal moved on the Albanian player some time ago, but then the discussion did not take off. Now there is instead the interest of Gattuso’s Valencia.
July 21 – 13:56
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