United Face Battle For Marquinhos
Along with Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, the 20-year-old is one of two players United are looking at to fill the troublesome centre-back berth but they face resistance from PSG who insist he isn’t for sale.
Marquinhos was a target last summer for Barcelona, but despite his willingness to head for the Nou Camp there was again a lack of enthusiasm on PSG’s part for a transfer move away from the club. Barcelona ended up signing Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal.
Marquinhos has an added value for PSG. Despite being Brazilian he holds an EU passport. Ligue 1 clubs differ from Premier League sides in that they are only permitted to have four non-EU nationals in their squad. There is no restriction on that player’s international experience or on whether his national side are placed in the top 75-ranked nations in the world as in the Premier League. But Marquinhos doesn’t hold one of their berths. A replacement might.
Reports in January claimed United had already begun talks with PSG over a move. That was after United found themselves rebuffed by Athletic Bilbao following an enquiry over Aymeric Laporte. United were told to pay Laporte’s €40million release fee before the La Liga side would release the France under-21 international. They will have to shell out the same kind of money if they wish to sign Marquinhos.
The only way United will sign Marquinhos is if PSG spend big this summer and need to sell to remain within Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations. There are other targets for the chop with Ezequiel Lavezzi on his way to Serie A this summer and Marco Verratti a target for Real Madrid. Marquinho is well down that particular list.
United Target Not For Sale
Manchester United transfer target Jose Luis Gaya is not for sale, say Valencia.
The 19-year-old has been watched by United scouts on a number of occasions this season, but the young left-back has told Valencia he has no wish to leave the Mestalla.
Gaya has also been watched by Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid since he broke into the Valencia first team this season. All four clubs held off from paying his €18million (£13.5million) release clause. That is likely to increase if, as expected, Gaya signs a new deal with Valencia.