Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc is ready to try everything to keep Marquinhos away from the clutches of Manchester United and Chelsea.
The centre-back has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also believed to be a fan. But it appears the odds of landing Marquinhos are stacked against the Premier League rivals.
Louis van Gaal was ready to pay over £30million for the 20-year-old in a deal that could even surpass the £40m Manchester City paid for Eliaquim Mangala, the most expensive defender in Premier League history.
"We have done everything to keep him and we will do everything possible to extend his contract"
Part of the future
However, PSG see no need to part with who they deem to be a future superstar for their team and Blanc has confirmed that officials in Parc des Princes are currently trying to tie Marquinhos down to a new contract.
He told reporters: "Marquinhos has a spirit and a special mentality.
"We have done everything to keep him and we will do everything possible to extend his contract.
"It is good that as a player he can operate in different defensive roles, and let's not forget he is just 20 years old. He and Adrien Rabiot represent the future of PSG."
Blanc's comments came only hours after quotes from the player himself emerged. The Brazilian stated that he felt "validated" by interest from Manchester United, but made no suggestions that he was tempted to force a move to Old Trafford in the near future.
"It gives me pleasure to see Manchester United are interested in me. It's validating"
"I'm calm, concentrated. I leave all this to my agent," Marquinhos told L'Equipe.
"Before, PSG refused to begin negotiations. They have shut the door. I see this as something to take confidence from.
"It proves PSG count on me but, to be honest, it gives me pleasure to see Manchester United are interested in me. It's validating."
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