Nasser Al-Khelaifi, president of French side PSG, has revealed that FC Barcelona made an offer of 40 million euros for Marquinhos during the summer transfer window.
Defence was the biggest area of concern for the management of FC Barcelona at the start of the last transfer window and Luis Enrique and Andoni Zubizarreta were desperately looking for the quality successor for club legend Carles Puyol.
FC Barcelona did sign Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu to strengthen their defence but Brazilian youngster Marquinhos was the first choice target of Andoni Zubizarreta.
Nevertheless, the PSG chief has claimed that Marquinhos, 20, is an important player and he has a bright future ahead of him. Nasser Al-Khelaifi also stressed that PSG has no intention of selling Marquinhos in the near term.
“We have received a huge offer from Barcelona for Marquinhos, one worth more than €40m,” Said El-Khelaifi, who was speaking to French newspaper by Le Parisien.
“But Paris Saint-Germain are not a club that buys players to sell them on again. We are not here to do business and try to make profit on a player. We are here to build a great club with some amazing players.
“If it was our aim to sell players and make profits, we could have sold three or four players this summer. But that’s not our philosophy.”
Football governing body has banned FC Barcelona from any new signing in next two transfer windows as it found the Catalans guilty of breaking the rules of signing under-18 players.
FC Barcelona Sensation Munir: It’s Like Winning The Lottery
FC Barcelona youngster Munir El Haddadi has made sensational start to the new La Liga season and feels that playing alongside Lionel Messi is like winning the lottery.
“I didn’t expect all of this to happen. It has come through working hard every day and at the end it’s the reward you receive. It’s a dream come true to train with my Barcelona teammates. I have always said Messi is my idol and he still is. I learn every day from them, how couldn’t I? I watch everything they do.” Munir was speaking to the reporters. He is a part of Spain’s Under-21 national team.
Munir has become the hottest property of world football now and the youngster feels that he still is the same person.
“I try to be the same person I always have been and I’ll try to keep doing that. My aim is to do my best every day and I’m relaxed. It’s a prize; it’s like I won the lottery.”