Manchester United appear to be cracking into action after the Thiago snub, laying in a €30 million bid for Cesc Fabregas, according to reports.
Now it is claimed they require another fee of that amount to sign another target, and it may be enough to put them off.
The player concerned is Roma centre-back Marquinhos, a 19-year-old defender who has also caught the attention of Manchester City.
His agent Pedro Calenda has told Sky Italia: "The player is back from vacation and agreed to work with the idea to help the team in the best way possible."
"However, the club has informed us of the possibility of selling to Marquinhos, and (we) respect the decisions they make."
Crucially he added: "(We have) PSG's offers, Manchester (United) and Barcelona, and Roma could accept one of them."
How much United have offered is unclear, but Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo write that Roma want a fee of between €25 million and €30 million if they are to accept.
The paper has been following matters closely owing to Barcelona's interest, who of course now have increased cash at their disposal because of the Thiago sale.
If United thought they could get Marquinhos for less, it appears they may very well be wrong; with PSG and Barcelona involved, and Roma preferring but not desperate to cash in.
It is a lot of money to spend on a 19-year-old central defender, especially with the talent in United's ranks in that department.
We won't be surprised to see the Red Devils walk away from this bidding auction, and bring in the cheaper, and more experienced and proven Ezequiel Garay instead.
SHould United spend that sort of money on Marquinhos or walk away?
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