Manchester United are attempting to push through a £35 million deal for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos ahead of the transfer deadline, the Sun report.
The Brazil international has been one of the most promising players in Europe over the past 18 months, and at just 20 years of age has already established himself as a PSG regular.
“We’ll see what his position is next summer. Many clubs enquire. Manchester United is one of them, it’s true,” he was quoted as saying.
While it appears a clear sign that the defender won’t be available for any sort of deal until the summer, fresh reports from the Sun claim that Louis van Gaal has changed tact on the situation.
Seemingly desperate to boost his defence in a bid to secure Champions League football via a top four spot in the Premier League, United are now said to be hoping to conclude an astonishing deadline day deal.
“Manchester United are attempting to push through a £35million deal for Marquinhos by tomorrow. SunSport revealed on January 20 that United were planning a summer move to sign the Brazilian defender, 20, from Paris Saint-Germain. But boss Louis van Gaal has decided to try to bring forward a deal to the January window,” the report claims.
Marquinhos has started 12 Ligue 1 matches for the French champions this season, though for the majority of those encounters he was placed in an unfamiliar right-back position.
The lure of Old Trafford alone is enough for any young player worldwide, yet the promise to play the Brazilian ace at centre-back could tempt him to push for a potential big-money transfer.
PSG have fellow defenders David Luiz and Thiago Silva as regular first-teamers and, given their position financially, it wouldn’t be irrational to suggest this is a transfer which could benefit all parties involved.