Eighteen months ago, Marquinhos was one of the hottest names on the transfer market, with Paris Saint-Germain signing the Brazilian center back from Roma for a shocking €30 million, a stunning total for a then-19-year-old defender. Marquinhos found his opportunities somewhat limited in France, serving as a backup to fellow Brazilian internationals David Luiz and Thiago Silva this season, and now Manchester United want to give him a new home.
United have hit the phones hard over the last week in a bid to seek an asking price for the Brazilian central defender, but have so far found French champions Paris Saint-Germain stubborn in their resistance.
PSG have made it clear they do not wish to sell the 20-year-old but United feel they are able to push through a deal ahead of the 11pm deadline.
Wresting Marquinhos away from PSG will be a very difficult -- and very expensive -- task to pull off. He's the French giants' key defensive reserve, serving as the primary backup at center back and offering help at right back as well with Serge Aurier away at AFCON. The extremely wealthy club would almost certainly demand a fee that represents a significant profit, and you have to wonder how much that would be worth the effort for United at this stage.