PSG manager Laurent Blanc has stated that central defender Marquinhos will not be leaving the Paris based side to move to Barcelona.
Goal.com reports how the 20-year-old's future with the Ligue 1 champions has been put in doubt with the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea last week for €40 million, making him the most expensive defender in the world.
Despite only arriving in Paris last year from Roma in a deal worth €31 million, it was thought that the Brazilian could already be looking to move on to a new club. Blanc is determined that he won’t be losing the youngster though, looking to keep as much of last year's successful squad as possible.
It was thought that Barcelona had already placed a deal in principle with PSG, with the possibility of Dani Alves moving in the opposite direction. However, Blanc has stated that whilst he would be interested in bringing Alves to Parc de Princes, it would be a separate deal not one involving a current member of his playing squad.
Marquinhos failed to cement a regular first-team spot under Blanc last season, only making 17 league appearances as the team went on to win Ligue 1 for a third year in a row. Marquinhos accepts that the decision will be made by PSG on his future but has commented on the interest from Barcelona saying that it is nice as well as flattering.
It is rumoured that Barcelona have Marquinhos as one of the main summer transfer targets as they look to bolster their defensive options. New manager Luis Enrique made the Brazilian his primary target before his first season at the Nou Camp. It is believed the 20-year-old could cost the Spanish giants around €35 million.
With the possibility of playing time being limited by the introduction of David Luiz, plus one or two more targets that PSG have, Marquinhos may have to try and force a move. Currently, it seems as if he is happy to let the club decide on his future. A factor that may play a part is the introduction of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play which PSG have already fallen foul off. This could force PSG into some high profile departures to try and meet the restrictions.
Marquinhos has attracted attention from the national side, already making his international debut. However, he was not selected as part of Luis Felipe Scolari’s side for the World Cup. Despite only being 20, it could become a factor if he ends up missing national selection because of his lack of game time at PSG. However, it seems that Marquinhos is content at PSG and Blanc is not keen to let a prospect for the future leave his side.
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