Barcelona are said to be interested in signing PSG defender Marquinhos, with the centre-back set to leave the French champions after David Luiz’s arrival.
Barcelona are in need of defensive restructuring, with long-standing veteran Carles Puyol retiring, leaving Gerard Pique and Marc Bartra as Barcelona’s only natural centre backs.
The young Brazilian says he is flattered by speculation linking him with Barcelona, and told Le Parisien that he may consider a move to Catalonia: "If Barca is interested in me, obviously, that's something nice!"
"It's flattering because Barcelona is a club that has won all the tournaments in the world. Other than that, I cannot say anything else about Barca."
Barcelona were said to be interested in his international team-mate David Luiz, who has just completed a move to Marquinhos’ PSG. Despite his admiration for his compatriot, he admits that Luiz joining may further limit his opportunities:
"I have to say that David is a friend," he added. "He's a great lad and a great player. Besides, I think he made the right choice by committing to PSG but, when you see players like David Luiz arrive, it will be even harder for me.”
Paris Saint-Germain signed the 20-year-old last season from Roma for a staggering €31.4 million on the promise that they were acquiring one of the world finest young talents, a figure Barcelona were unwilling to pay at the time.
Whilst he has shown flashes of this, he has not been given the opportunity to feature on a regular basis, with compatriots Thiago Silva and Alex ahead of him in the pecking order.
Marquinhos only made 17 league appearances this season, and may look to push through a move, should his opportunities be limited in France:
"I have a contract that goes until June 2018. Now, we'll see. I do not know. Anyway, I will talk with the club and my agent about my future because this will be a very important season for me."
PSG will be well aware of his potential and therfore reluctant to let him leave, certainly not for anything less than what they paid for him.
But having been sanctioned by UEFA under the Financial Fair Play regulations, PSG may be willing to sell in order to balance out the cost of purchasing David Luiz. It has even been suggested that Barcelona may look to include Dani Alves in any deal they make.
Barcelona have has their own problems with UEFA, and will look to push through the transfer quickly, pending the outcome of their transfer ban appeal.
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