Marcelo arrived at Lyon from Beşiktaş in 2017 and after a good debut season, he caught West Ham United’s attention, reports L’Equipe.
It’s claimed Lyon turned down €20m bid from the Hammers in 2018 and then improved the centre-back’s wages by offering him a new deal last August.
On Wednesday afternoon, RMC reported Marcelo wants to leave Lyon as he ‘no longer feel safe’ as a player and in his private life after being targeted by fans in recent weeks.
The latest incident took place after Lyon’s 2-2 home draw against RB Leipzig on Tuesday when a fan ran on to the pitch with a banner, describing the defender as donkey and asking him to leave the Ligue 1 side.
Lyon are facing a complicated situation following a backlash from fans towards Marcelo. If they allow him to leave in January, they will be left with short of options for the second half of the season.
Marcelo is looking for an ambitious club who can reward him economically. His agent has already started to probe the market.
The player doesn’t intend to rush for a transfer in January and L’Equipe say it’s hard to imagine Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas letting him go ‘for a pittance’ after ‘refusing millions from West Ham’.
Marcelo will have more leeway to push for a transfer in June as then he will have only a year left on his contract.