Barcelona have had a hefty €43 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos rejected by the French club, according to Marca.
Luis Enrique is looking to further bolster his defensive options after the signing of Jeremy Mathieu, but has suffered a setback, with their sizable bid for the starlet proving insufficient.
Hefty price tag
With four years still left on his contract and the tag as one of the world’s most promising centre-backs, Paris Saint-Germain are very much in a position of strength. They clearly feel they can squeeze more out of Barcelona,
Clearly, Barcelona believed the bid would be sufficient, considering PSG paid €32 million just last year.
Marquinhos was not a regular starter for Paris Saint-Germain last season, with fellow Brazilians Thiago Silva and Alex ahead of him.
Having spent £50 million on David Luiz, the PSG will be looking to recoup some money, especially if they are to comply with the Financial Fair play Regulations.
If PSG’ rumoured bid for Angel Di Maria is to be believed, the Parisians will be in need of some disposable income, meaning a few more millions could potentially change their mind.
Manchester City interest
If Barcelona do give up on Marquinhos, it potentially leaves the door open for Manchester City. With talks clearly stalling, Manchester City could potential hijack the deal according to Talksport.
The Premier League champions desperately searching for a long-term centre-back partner for Vincent Kompany.
City’s £32 million deal to sign Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala is yet to go through, with reports suggesting Manuel Pellegini could turn his attentions to the young Brazilian instead.
Barcelona are unlike to improve on their bid, Luis Enrique may begin to look at other defensive options.
Belgian pair Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelan have been signalled out as the likeliest targets, with the latter unlikely to cost any more than £10 million.
Barcelona’s attempts to sign Marquinhos signals an intent to acquire a young defender for the future, with new signing Jeremy Mathieu firmly at the other end of the scale.
It may not be beyond the realms of possibility that Barcelona make a move for either Aymeric Lapotre or Inigo Martinez from Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad respectively.
Both have La Liga experience, and while neither club would be willing to sell, it is doubtful they would turn down €43 million.