Hope for United in €31.4m defender chase: 'Nothing official with Barcelona'

Manchester United could still overtake Barcelona in the pursuit of PSG defender Marquinhos.

Chelsea sold David Luiz earlier this week, the confirmation of a potential £50 million deal coming on Friday. And the massive deal has a ripple effect for the rest of the PSG team - including his countryman Marquinhos.

The future of Marquinhos has been thrown into doubt with the signature of Luiz. The 20-year-old joined PSG last summer for a whopping fee of €31.4 million - but he has now admitted doubts over his future as a result of Luiz's arrival.

Barcelona are said to be interested, and Marquinhos has told reporters:

"I will talk with the club and my agent about my future because this will be a very important season for me. I have to say that David is a friend. He's a great lad and a great player. Besides, I think he made the right choice by committing to PSG but, when you see players like David Luiz arrive, it will be even harder for me."

Which has seen Manchester United being mentioned as an interested party. The club chased him last summer, his agent even confirming the pursuit:

"There are offers from PSG, Manchester United and Barcelona. Roma have told us that there is a possibility of selling the player for the right price and we will respect the decision they make."

Now he has been speaking about the future again, as reports suggested yesterday he had agreed a deal to join Barca.

"PSG is that they will decide my future because I have a contract. There is nothing official with Barcelona. I'm a PSG player today."

Hope then for United - who desperately need a quality new centre back after the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this summer.

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