However, Marquinhos was adamant in an interview last week that he would remain at the French club for the next season, as he told Canal+: “My future? I will be here next season to win back the title. I will 100% be Parisian.”
As per contrary reports, though, claim that he will he will be making the switch to Old Trafford in the summer. Marquinhos currently has a deal with the current Ligue 1 Champions that runs till 2019, and according to Sport, the Paris-based club offered the Brazilian a new contract, which he turned it down.
The Spanish news outlet adds that the 23-year-old did so in order to force a move away from the club in the summer, and even threatened to run his contract down and leave for free if the club refused to let him go.
Barcelona are known to have been long-term admirers of the Brazilian, and tracked him during his early days at Roma. The Catalan giants were determined to seal a move for the defender last summer, as they felt he could be a big presence at the heart of their defense for the next decade.
The La Liga outfit ended up submitting a bid for him in the region of €50 million, and PSG captain Thiago Silva even confirmed that Barca were interested in signing his teammate. That bid was turned down though, and Barcelona are said to have given up on him, having decided to sign Lyon’s Samuel Umtiti instead.
Chelsea, on the other hand, made two offers to sign Marquinhos while Jose Mourinho was still in charge at Stamford Bridge back in 2015. According to Sky Sports, the offers were said to be around £25.7 million and £40.4 million.
Once again, PSG turned down both bids, but Sport claims that they are now willing to enter talks with Manchester United, and listen to offers in the region of €70 million. Mourinho has been keen to find long-term options to bolster his defense, and he may finally have his man this time if a deal for Marquinhos goes through.
Written by Reyhan Ashley Nath
Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.