Real Madrid are reportedly interested in PSV right-back Jetro Willems but may have to challenge Manchester City for the 20-year-old Dutch international - and it's a fight they must win.
Real Madrid have been searching the footballing world for the heir apparent to Brazilian left-back Marcelo and immediate replacement for Fabio Coentrao, who despite signing on contract extension last year, has failed to stay healthy and live up to his €30 million fee from Benfica.
Real Madrid have been previously linked with Porto defender Danilo but according to Dutch daily Voetbal International, Los Blancos have set their sights on PSV defender Jetro Willems, who has had a consistently strong season.
Real Madrid are said to be interested in the defender's ability, strength, speed on the wings and his fluidity transitioning from defence to attack, something that is imperative to Carlo Ancelotti's counter-attacking style.
The Spanish giants have apparently already made contact with the player's agent and the club, with Willems said to be very interested in making a move to the Santiago Bernabeu and taking the next step in his promising young career.
Marcelo has been serviceable for a number of years and will likely continue to be the starter for the next two seasons, but the Brazilian has spent long stretches of time on the physio's table in recent years and it's only a matter of time before an injury keeps him out long-term.
Real Madrid's shifting focus is towards acquiring young, long-term talent and Willems would not only provide a competent back-up option to Marcelo, but could challenge the Brazilian due to his speed and versatility, while also learning to play against Europe's elite.