Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos has put Manchester United on red alert after talking up the Premier League when quizzed on the possibility of him making a switch to England in the future, according to the Daily Express.
In an interview with FourFourTwo, the Brazilian centre-back, who is said to be a top target of Louis van Gaal’s ahead of this summer’s transfer window, revealed that he believed the Premier League was ‘certified around the world’ and confirmed that there’s been interest from other clubs regarding his signature.
Premier League certified
"The Premier League is certified around the world. There is even some concern about children in Brazil that support English teams. There have been some discussions with some teams in the past, but I am happy at PSG," Marquinhos explained.
"The Premier League is certified around the world. There is even some concern about children in Brazil that support English teams. There have been some discussions with some teams in the past, but I am happy at PSG"
Currently stuck behind the defensive pairing of David Luiz and Thiago Silva, Marquinhos isn’t a first-team regular at the Parc des Princes, and this has been cited as perhaps a reason he might look to move on.
A direct result of this theory was waves of speculation in the January transfer window suggesting he would leave, with €45 million the supposed fee it would take.
Yet no agreement for his sale was ever met, and as such all eyes now turn to the summer, wherein his future will be decided. United will certainly have the funds to put forward a satisfactory offer to PSG, with Adidas set to inject £750 million into their coffers as a result of their new sponsorship deal.
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Van Gaal plans
Furthermore it’s a virtual certainty that Van Gaal will look to strengthen his back-line as he plans a new assault next campaign. Injuries and a general lack of personnel this season have meant that academy graduates Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair have been forced prematurely into the picture, and the trio of Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have failed to prove they can cut it at the highest level without the presence of a natural leader.
Marquinhos might not fit that particular bill in the same way as Mats Hummels, but Van Gaal is clearly of the opinion that he’d be a useful addition.