When it comes to ridiculous transfer rumours, it’s fair to say the majority of them originate from Spain and tend to involve Real Madrid.
Such is their size, wealth and allure to players; it’s easy to link them to anyone in the world and find a way to justify the rumour.
There’s already been plenty of dubious suggestions in recent weeks, and the latest is one linking them to Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.
According to Defensa Central, which we should point out is a fan website, Madrid have lined up the Scotland international to replace Marcelo.
In an exclusive, the website reveals that the La Liga giants have been keeping a close eye on the Liverpool and receiving ‘excellent’ reports about him from their scouts.
It’s stated that Robertson’s ‘energy’ is ‘greatly appreciated’ at the Bernabeu and Zinedine Zidane would have ‘a lot of interest’ in signing him when Marcelo leaves, which could happen within two or three seasons or if a good offer comes next summer.
There’s no mention of a fee from Defensa Central, but they do acknowledge that the ‘great obstacle’ to any move is the economics of the move.
They explain Liverpool do not need to sell because they do not need the money. They also happen to ignore that Robertson is locked down until 2024 at Anfield and there is an option for another year included in that.
It’s also worth noting that there is no mention of Ferland Mendy, the 24-year-old left-back that Madrid paid £43m for this summer who would presumably be the long-term replacement for Marcelo.
That’s just one of the many reasons that this move is unlikely to happen, but you can guarantee that this is a rumour that will appear in England at some point and so we just wanted to bring it to your attention, and explain why it sounds ridiculous, long before that happens.