Manchester City and Barcelona target Marquinhos will be offered a new contract when the time is right to do so, according to Roma general manager, Franco Baldini.

Sky Sports reports how the 19-year-old defender has attracted attention from a host of top European clubs, after a mightily impressive debut season in Serie 'A'.

The Brazilian arrived in Italy from Corinthians in a €3milllion deal last summer, signing a five-year contract with the Rome-based club.

And, it's for that reason why Roma are in no rush to open negotiations with Marquinhos over an extension to stay at the Stadio Olimpico, even amid reported interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.

"The boy has a four-year contract with us," Baldini told Sky Sport Italia. "Therefore, there is no meeting set up with his agents.

"There is no urgency in discussing new terms with the player. We could do, but only at a more advanced stage."

Roberto Mancini was heavily linked with a bid to bring the South American stopper to the Etihad Stadium, prior to his sacking by the Manchester City board earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Tito Vilanova is believed to be looking at a number of different defensive options as he looks to strengthen his back line at Camp Nou ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.

However, both clubs will face a serious fight to secure the player's signature, after Marquinhos revealed at the weekend just how happy he is in Italy, and defended his old club's decision to sell him.

"I am living a wonderful time here," he said. "It is easy to say that Corinthians made an error, but at the time it was good for all parties."

 

 

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