Manchester United have the chance to take a second bite of the cherry, but is it too late?
Last summer, the Premier League giants made their interest in Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos known, but it was Paris Saint-Germain who eventually swooped in and signed the youngster. Now, one year later on, it could be Barcelona.
PSG’s signing of David Luiz from Chelsea for £40 million means that it is very likely that they will be open to offers for the 20-year-old. Marquinhos arrived in Paris from Roma for a transfer fee of €31.4m (£25.5m) last summer amid much hype and fanfare, but his progress under coach Laurent Blanc has not really been that great.
Which is why PSG recruited the more experienced and proven winner Luiz. After all, having won Ligue 1 two years in a row, the French giants are preparing to launch an assault on the Champions League and need the best available players. Moreover, with the Financial Fair Play rules, PSG will be looking to cash in on players who are unlikely to give them immediate success or who are just one too many in the squad.
But is it too late for United to make their move and recruit one of the most promising young players in Europe? Barcelona are said to be keen on the Brazilian as they too need to reinforce their defence, and it appears that the player himself is ready to make the switch to the Spanish giants.
‘Barcelona are a great team’, he told TV3. ‘I'm going to wait and see what PSG will decide’.
Marquinhos’s latest comments are similar to what he made before the 2014 Toulon Tournament.
‘If Barca are interested in me, obviously, that's something nice!’, he said.
It is pretty much clear that Marquinhos is open to leaving PSG. He has thrown the ball in the French club’s court, and if United are keen on the 20-year-old, then they need to make a quick move and make an offer.
United’s defence (and midfield) needs some key additions in the summer especially because of the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Given that new manager Louis van Gaal likes to promote promising young talent, Marquinhos could be the perfect summer signing.
But it could now be just too late.