Manchester United were always likely to come out as losers in the battle to sign Marquinhos.
With Barcelona and PSG interested, that's just how it goes nowadays for the Red Devils.
Earlier this week, his agent confirmed United had made an offer for the talented young centre-back.
Pedro Calenda told Sky Italia: "The club has informed us of the possibility of selling to Marquinhos and (we) respect the decisions they make. (We have) PSG's offers, Manchester (United) and Barcelona, and Roma could accept one of them."
Today it has been reported that Marquinhos has flown to France to seal a transfer to French champions PSG.
L'Equipe report the fee will cost PSG €32 million, a huge sum but one which is only half the amount they paid for Edinson Cavani of Napoli earlier in the week.
Marquinhos even posted his goodbye's on Twitter to Roma fans: "I will never forget what I experienced here in Rome, it was a joy for me and I will always carry that club in my heart."
The deal could have implications for Thiago Silva, wanted strongly by Barcelona, even though PSG have maintained he will remain at the club.
How much United really needed to spend millions on a teenage centre-back was highly debatable, but their interest certainly appeared to be there.
It is yet another illustration at how United, and the Premier League in general are being swept aside by super-rich clubs in France, who apparently hold no regard for Financial Fair Play, ironically championed by Frenchman Michel Platini.
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