Manchester United are not giving up their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos despite reluctance from the French club to sell him, reports The Mail.
The 20-year-old emerged as a major target for Louis van Gaal in the January transfer window and he is now preparing to renew his interest in the summer. However, having cost PSG around £30 million to sign from AS Roma in 2013, it will take a British record transfer fee to convince Laurent Blanc to sell.
Eliaquim Mangala is currently the Premier League's most expensive defender with Manchester City unfortunately agreeing to pay almost £40 million for the French flop. Even an offer above £40 million is likely to be rejected.
Money is not a problem for Manchester United with Ed Woodward ready to hand £150 million to Van Gaal for summer spending. However, there are likely to be better options available for a similar price.
Mats Hummels will likely cost in excess of £30 million to prise from Borussia Dortmund, but would arrive with more experience than Marquinhos, 20. While he has impressed since arriving at Parc des Princes, the Brazilian youngster is still very much a hot prospect rather than an established star like Hummels.
A key player
There is, however, a growing number of people at the Parc des Princes who believe Marquinhos is ready for a key role in the first team. PSG are looking for him to grow into a commanding figure over the long-term.
But a deal for Marquinhos is not just held up by PSG's reluctance to sell but the player's desire to stay. The same report claims he is more than happy in the French capital where he currently shares first team duties with compatriots Thiago Silva and David Luiz.
He was recently quoted as saying that Blanc is "the best coach a young defender could wish to have," as quoted in the same report, and is already confident speaking French to the media.
A dead end deal
Although Manchester United have plenty of money to throw away overpaying for players, this looks like more of a waste of time than pursuing Cesc Fabregas. David Moyes could have been busy getting realistic deals done if he wasn't chasing the then-Barcelona midfielder. Ultimately it would cost him his job. Van Gaal can't afford to make the mistake and he should go after players who actually want to move to Old Trafford.
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