Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos is the subject of a three-way tug of war between Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, according to reports in Brazil.
The 23-year-old shone at the heart of PSG’s defence following David Luiz’s return to Chelsea last summer, having spent the past couple of seasons being shunted across the French side’s backline.
Barcelona have coveted the Brazil international ever since his Roma days – he moved from the Italian side to the French capital four years ago for €31.4 million – but the Catalans latest offer of €40 million is well below PSG’s valuation of the player, according to Globo Esporte.
The same publication claim Manchester United have offered €70m for the versatile defender but it is unclear whether the bid was made prior to Jose Mourinho’s capture of long-term target Victor Lindelof from Benfica.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, are said to have registered an interest but are yet to follow-up with an official bid. Regardless, Unai Emery, who is also fending of Barcelona’s interest in Marco Verratti, is determined to keep the linchpin of his defence.
Marquinhos, himself, appears settled in Paris and is reportedly unsure of moving this summer ahead of next summer’s World Cup and risk losing his place in Brazil’s starting XI.