Marquinhos confirms he's held talks with Premier League clubs

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Manchester United's hopes of signing Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos have been dealt a significant blow after the Brazil international confirmed he is very happy at Parc des Princes.

The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a potential move to Old Trafford after Sky Sports carried quotes from an interview the centre-back did with French TV programme Telefoot earlier this month which revealed Louis van Gaal tried to sign the player last summer.

Clearly the Red Devils boss wants to strengthen his first-team ranks at the Theatre of Dreams even further at the end of the season, and with defensive acquisitions likely to be a top priority the rumours regarding Marquinhos and Manchester United have remained.

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However, the Dutch coach will probably have to turn his attention to alternative options after the PSG star intimated he has no desire to move to the Premier League in a recent interview with FourFourTwo magazine.

Marquinhos confirmed he's held talks with English top-flight sides in the past when asked specifically about alleged interest from Van Gaal's side during his time at AS Roma, but the South American stopper appears to have no plans to quit the French champions any time soon.

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"The Premier League is watched around the world," he explained after being questioned about his future aspirations to play in England. "There is even some concern in Brazil about children supporting English teams.

"We had some talks with some sides in the past, but I'm happy at PSG now."

Manchester United supporters will have looked on with interest as Marquinhos impressed in PSG's recent Champions League success against Chelsea, playing a pivotal part in Wednesday's last 16 second leg clash at Stamford Bridge that saw Laurent Blanc's side reduced to ten men midway through the first half.

However, the Ligue 1 giants produced an inspirational performance and recorded a 2-2 draw with the Blues after extra time - thanks to goals from fellow Brazilian defenders David Luiz and Thiago Silva - and in doing so progressed to the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition thanks to the away goals ruling.

Marquinhos has shown his versatility having been deployed at both right-back and in the middle of defence, but the chances of seeing him run out at Old Trafford as a Red Devils player now look very slim indeed.

Ricardo Rodriguez interest

In other news, the agent of Wolfsburg star Ricardo Rodriguez has confirmed that there has been contact made by Manchester United with regards to a potential purchase of his client.

The Bundesliga star is of interest to the powers that be at Old Trafford but his current club have no intentions of letting him go.

Rafael lifeline

And finally, Louis van Gaal will give Rafael one last chance to save his Red Devils career by handing him a place in the first-team against Tottenham this weekend.

The Brazilian right-back looked set to leave the club this summer after making just two appearances in 2015, but could be back in the senior fray after an impressive performance for the development squad in midweek.

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