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Agent Confirms Man Utd Interest In €38m-Rated Brazilian, Hints At Summer Move

The agent of Brazilian defender Marquinhos has claimed that Manchester United are interested in signing the player and hinted he could leave PSG in the summer

With the January transfer in full swing, managers are strengthening their squads ahead of the second half of the season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Man Utd’s interest in Marquinhos is confirmed….

The agent of Brazilian defender Marquinhos has claimed that Manchester United are interested in signing the player and hinted he could leave  Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, according to reports.

United are in the market for another central defender as Louis van Gaal has been forced to play a make-shift defence on several occasions during the first half of the season due to a spate of injuries at the back.

Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Jonny Evans have all spent time on the treatment table in recent months so the Dutch boss is believed to have drawn up a list of potential targets to strengthen his options in defence.

Several names have been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks but the agent of Brazilian defender Marquinhos claims the 20-time Premier League champions are showing an interest in signing the player from PSG.

Giuliano Bertolucci also hinted to reporters that Marquinhos will consider his future at the end of the season as he’s growing increasingly frustrated at spending so much time on the bench:

‘Last summer, PSG’s president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] declared that Marquinhos was unsellable,’

‘We will see what their position is this summer. Many clubs are interested in the player. Manchester United are one of them, this is true.

‘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.

‘Marquinhos is prepared to play at right-back and even in defensive midfield if he has to.’  Bertolucci is quoted as saying by the Metro

These comments come after reports earlier this month suggested United had approached PSG about signing the 20-year-old and were prepared to pay the €38m (£30m) that the French champions paid Roma for his signature 18 months ago.

Marquinhos moved to the Parc des Prince in the summer of 2013 but has fallen down the pecking order this season following the arrival of David Luiz, with the former Chelsea man forging an impressive partnership alongside Thiago Silva at the back.

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It appears the players agent is already making noises about a potential summer move and has name-dropped Man Utd, so a switch to Old Trafford at the end of the season could be on if van Gaal is still in the market for a centre-back by that point.

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