Chelsea are preparing to rival Manchester United in the race to sign PSG defender Marquinhos, reports the Daily Star.
However, Jose Mourinho faces the same challenges as Louis van Gaal with the French outfit reluctant to sell for anything less than £40 million.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for the Brazilian centre-back and it is believe Van Gaal is determined to get his man this summer.
Marquinhos has already revealed that the Red Devils tried to sign him last summer, but a renewed bid worth £30 million is expected from Old Trafford this year.
But Mourinho is on the lookout for a successor to John Terry despite the fact that the 34-year-old will be awarded a 12-month contract at the end of the season.
Terry has been in fine form this term, but Mourinho knows he will have to start phasing the captain out of first-team duties as he ages.
At 20-years-old, Marquinhos is a long-term option for both Premier League clubs. He is also, however, a long-term option for PSG with Laurent Blanc seeing him as a future captain.
A source close to the French outfit told the Daily Star: "PSG know there are some big English clubs trying to buy Marquinhos but, for now, they would prefer not to sell him. He is an important player."
Significant offer needed
PSG will only agree to sell if they can make significant profit on the £25 million they paid AS Roma for him in 2013. Even then, Marquinhos – who is learning his trade alongside Brazil captain Thiago Silva – will be reluctant to leave Parc des Princes.
If he is to reach to top, then Marquinhos will eventually have to leave for one of Europe's top leagues – Spain or England. But the defender is in the best place to develop at the moment and big offers from Chelsea and Manchester United will be back round again in the future.
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