Lyon defender Marcelo turned down a deadline-day move to Liverpool as a result of being offered just a six-month contract, according to reports.
This comes from The Mirror. They say that Jurgen Klopp’s English champions made contact with 33-year-old Marcelo, but the former Besiktas star wasn’t interested in a short-term contract offer.
Instead, Liverpool turned to Preston North End and Schalke for defensive reinforcements on the final day of the January transfer window.
Both Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak were signed to aid a Liverpool back-line that isn’t likely to feature either Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez or Joel Matip again for the rest of the season.
Indeed, both defensive signings have attracted attention as Liverpool secured both deals for relatively moderate fees.
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Davies, 25, makes the jump from the Championship following an eight-year spell at Deepdale. He clocked up 145 appearances during his time at the club.
Kabak, meanwhile, joins Liverpool from a Schalke side who are currently routed to the bottom of the Bundesliga and with just one win in 30 league matches.
Similarly to the likes of Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri, the 20-year-old defender has become more accustomed to losing rather than winning prior to his Anfield arrival.
Kabak and Davies were not the only defensive targets Liverpool enquired about during the closing days of the transfer window, either.
The Reds also made moves for Duje Caleta-Car and David Carmo before Monday’s deadline and it appears that seasoned veteran Marcelo was on Michael Edwards’ radar too.
This is according to David Maddock of The Mirror. However, the Brazilian defender seemingly wasn’t satisfied with Liverpool’s offer.
And as a result, Marcelo will continue the second half of the 2020/21 campaign at Ligue 1 title-chasers Lyon before becoming a free agent in July.
The former Bundesliga and Eredivisie star recently kept the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at bay following a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint Germain in December.
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Indeed, the prospect of landing Marcelo would have been a beneficial one from Liverpool’s viewpoint. However, financial factors were unable to align for both parties forcing the Reds to look elsewhere.
Luckily for the Reds, Liverpool were able to uncover a financial masterstroke in the form of Kabak.
The robust young centre-back was acquired on a loan-to-buy deal with no obligation of a permanent deal from Liverpool’s behalf.
This is a much viable deal long-term when you consider the age difference between Kabak and Marcelo.
Yes, Marcelo has significantly more experience, but Kabak represents a 10 to 15-year investment.
There is no questioning which is the better deal from where Edwards is concerned.