It is common knowledge that Manchester United are in the market for a quality defender. And equally common knowledge is the fact that they were after the PSG defender Marquinhos. The defender is still pursued vigorously by the club despite the reluctance of PSG.
There were attempts made in the winter transfer market to land the Brazilian by United. But, the French club kept reiterating that they would not let the player leave and join United.
Marquinhos is one of the highly rated youngsters in the world. At just 20 years old, the central defender has shown versatility by playing at right-back. He has already shown great promise at PSG where he enjoyed two impressive seasons.
Marquinhos already had a promising deal in his resume when he joined PSG in the summer of 2013. Only 19 then, the Brazilian is singed in a deal that is thought to have approached £30 million.
Louis van Gaal is trying to bolster his options in defence by signing quality young players. And, Marquinhos obviously fits the bill. He is being closely monitored with a view to bid again in summer.
PSG knocked back the advances of United because they view the young center back as the long-term mainstay of their defence. The Parisian club does not wish to sell the defender but are aware and wary of the growing and sustained interest from the most successful club in England.
The club already went public with their view that if United want to buy Marquinhos, they may have to make him the costliest defender. If reports from France are to be believed, the defender is happy to remain at the club. And the club is impressed with his attitude to training, dedication and skill he brings to the team.
However, there are as many sources that point to increased interest in Marquinhos from many clubs across Europe. This was obviously seen as a ploy to force PSG into offering improved terms to the player as the talks are still ongoing between the club and player.
There’s a catch to the entire situation, though. PSG will look to bolster their squad in the summer to mount a serious challenge in Europe. But, the demands of Financial Fair Play may force them to sell players first before buying any.
If that is the case, then PSG may be forced to sell the best of their assets; none more suited than Marquinhos that fits the bill. Though the Brazilian is currently considered indispensable, a world record bid may force their hand.
United are under no financial pressure, thanks to their continuous increase in the sponsors. Add to it the fact that Premier League clubs will tap into a £5 billion jackpot from 2016, we have a scenario where United will have huge money pool to dip into.
This only strengthens the position of Manchester United in landing the defender. The fact that Marquinhos is not playing his favored central defensive role may play a significant role. One way or the other, United will force PSG to play its hand.