FIFA row over €32m Manchester United summer target

Manchester United lost out to PSG for Roma defender Marquinhos in the summer, and a row is still continuing over the deal.

In Rome, Marquinhos should be long gone - and physically he is, but the fallout from his sale still continues.

The impressive Brazilian centre-back has settled in adeptly at PSG so far, who clinched his signature for a whopping €32 million, a huge fee for the 19-year-old.

He was linked back in July with Manchester United and Barcelona by his agent, both of who were seen off by the big spending French champions.

His former club Roma have taken the money and banked it, and on the pitch see no ill effects, launching a serious title challenge under new boss Rudi Garcia.

Yet a line can not yet be drawn over the transfer.

Marquinhos' former club have come calling, demanding a slice of the fee.

Corinthians believe they are owed €2.2 million, report Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, which Roma have not yet paid.

They are threatening to take the case to football's governing body FIFA, as the money is still unpaid six months on - a fee they argue they have always been entitled to as per a sell-on clause in his Roma contract.

Roma may want to dispute it, but FIFA could land them with a more serious sanction such as a transfer embargo if they find them to be in breach of their legal rights.

Marquinhos has made 13 starts for PSG this season, scoring three times from central defence and providing one assist.

With Manchester United likely to lose Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in the summer as expiring free agents, the battle for Marquinhos last summer may have been one they should have invested more time into winning.

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