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PSG set to complete Marquinhos signing

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Marquinhos is on his way to Paris (©GettyImages)
Marquinhos is on his way to Paris (©GettyImages).

Paris Saint-Germain are expected to complete the signing of Marquinhos for a reported fee of around the 30million euro mark, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Marquinhos will join PSG on the back of a highly-impressive season with the Giallorossi. 

The Brazilian was the standout performer in a Roma defence that under the stewardship of coach Zdenek Zeman in the first half of the season were both disjointed and porous.  

Marquinhos in his debut season with Roma made 26 appearances in Serie A, averaging just under eight clearances per match according to statistics provided by whoscored.com.

The Brazilian added a degree of strength and composure to the Roma defensive line at a time when Zeman's system left the rest of the Giallorossi defence somewhat perplexed on their respective duties.

Marquinhos' impressive performances over the past 12 months were always likely to attract attention. 

Barcelona made no secret of the fact they are currently in the market for a central defender and at just 19, Marquinhos certainly has time on his side.

More recently it was suggested by Marquinhos' agent that Manchester United were also preparing a bid for the defender however how true this is, is somewhat debatable.

It was very interesting listening to respected European football correspondent Gabriele Marcotti discussing Marquinhos' move to PSG earlier this week.

Marcotti stated that Marquinhos probably didn't fit into the direction Roma were currently going in which I myself interpreted as a polite way of saying Marquinhos was too talented for where Roma currently find themselves which is without Champions League football. 

Marcotti would go onto say that the move to PSG and the funds it would give to Roma would probably be in the best interests of all parties involved.

The signing of Marquinhos now leaves the position of Thiago Silva under the microscope with it being no secret this summer that the Brazil captain interests Barcelona significantly with the Spanish champions really looking at ways in which to raise funds to secure the former AC Milan defender's signature. 

Marquinhos to me would seem like a younger, direct replacement for Silva in Paris with Marquinhos displaying the same levels of ability, technique and calmness when in possession of the ball as Silva has done and with Marquinhos still only nineteen he is only likely to improve with experience playing in the Champions League.

Should it happen, the replacing of Silva with Marquinhos is less of a risk in the short term as some may anticipate. 

With Silva being arguably one of the top central defenders in world football it has been said that PSG would be foolish to put a 19-year-old defender with only one year of top flight football under his belt. 

However the quality of the French first division with the exception of AS Monaco is likely not to test Marquinhos to the degree Serie A did and PSG will probably be just as strong defensively as they were in Ligue 1 last season.

Marquinhos who averaged an 84 per cent success rate in tackles made in Serie A last season is expected to travel to Paris in the coming hours in order to make his move official by the end of this week.

With Marquinhos now getting an opportunity to play in the Champions League with his new club, PSG, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he could make a late charge towards Luis Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad for next summer's World Cup. 

It will certainly be interesting to see if Marquinhos can settle in France as quickly as he adapted to his new surroundings in Rome last summer.

 

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