Manchester United are reported to have entered talks over a deal for Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos, according to French sports website Le10 Sport.
United are claimed to have made initial contacts with the Brazil international over a potential move in the current transfer window, although manager Louis van Gaal is said to be open to waiting until the summer if a deal can’t be reached.
Marquinhos, 20, has emerged as one of the most promising defenders in European football over the past couple of seasons, and earned a €31.4 million move to PSG in the summer of 2013 after spending one standout campaign at Roma.
The former Corinthians prospect made 32 total appearances for the Ligue 1 club last season, but has been in and out of Laurent Blanc’s line-up in recent weeks after starting this term as a regular, spending the past three games on the bench.
Van Gaal’s desire to add defensive cover to his ranks this month has been well-documented but, with Mats Hummels looking set to remain at Borussia Dortmund for the moment and Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar out injured, the Dutchman’s list of practical targets appears to be shrinking.
Marquinhos is somewhat inexperienced compared to the other options mooted up to this point, but there’s no doubt that he is well on course to developing into an elite defender, despite some recent struggles.
However, it remains to be seen what kind of fee PSG would demand for his signature in the event of a rumoured deal, although, given both his age and potential, it is sure to be a sizeable sum.