Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has reportedly found a new buyer in English giants Manchester United, claims the player’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci.
The Brazil-born player has been struggling for playing time at the Parc des Princes this season, having made a mere 10 league starts so far, with manager Laurent Blanc choosing to field Thiago Silva and David Luiz over the 20-year-old.
And the lack of first team opportunities in France might force him to look for a move away from the Ligue 1 club. La Liga side Barcelona were also rumored to be interested in bringing the versatile player, who has also played as a right-back for the Parisians on a few occasions, to Camp Nou.
But, Nasser Al Khelaifi, the President of PSG, has made it very clear that he has no intention of letting Marquinhos leave, however Bertolucci feels that with the player keen on spending more time out on the football field, they will have to talk about his future in the summer.
“Last summer, PSG’s president declared that Marquinhos was unsellable. We will see what their position is this summer”, the agent told French daily Le Parisien, via ESPN.
“He wants to become the best defender in the world. He is not a lesser player compared with Thiago Silva or David Luiz.
“He respects the decisions of his coach, but just wants to play and spend as little time as possible on the bench”, he further added.
United’s manager Louis van Gaal has been struggling with his defence at Old Trafford this season, and is known to have been scouting the market for a reinforcement at the back.
With the reported asking fee of the player being around £30 million, the Red Devils are one of the few European sides who can afford to meet the hefty price tag, and Bertolucci has refused to rule out such a move in the future insisting that Marquinhos is ready to adapt to the needs of a new club if required.
“Many clubs are interested in the player. Manchester United are one of them, this is true”, the agent said.
“Marquinhos is prepared to play at right-back and even in defensive midfield if he has to.”
The young centre-back, who was a part of the youth system at Brazilian club Corinthians, joined PSG from Italian side AS Roma in July 2013 and has made more than 50 appearances across all competitions since then. He also has four international caps to his name, though he missed out on the World Cup played on his native soil last year.