Manchester United hope to complete a £35 million deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.
This is according to The Sun, who claim United boss Louis van Gaal has brought forward his plans to sign the talented 20-year-old defender.
It was initially reported that Van Gaal would make a formal move for the Brazil international in the summer, but the Dutch coach is keen to strengthen his defensive options heading into the final months of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.
United quoted £112 million
Whether £35 million will be enough to tempt PSG into selling one of their best young players is unclear. However, the Parisians are believed to have quoted Manchester United an astronomical £112 million in recent weeks.
Marquinhos currently finds himself behind David Luiz and Thiago Silva in the pecking order at the Parc des Princes, but has still made 14 league appearances for the reigning Ligue 1 champions this season.
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Marquinhos: Future world-class defender
PSG signed the youngster from AS Roma 18 months ago, in a deal worth £26 million, following a remarkable debut season in Europe after his move from Corinthians in 2012.
Widely considered one of the most promising central defenders on the planet, the signing of Marquinhos would be a major coup for Manchester United.
But, in order to the deal to happen, it’s understood PSG want a replacement signed first.