Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has played down rumours of a transfer to Manchester United, insisting that he's happy to remain in Ligue 1.
The talented youngster moved to Paris from Roma in 2013 for a fee believed to be in the region of around £27 million, but has seen his route to the first team blocked by Thiago Silva and the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea.
He's been forced into an unfamiliar full-back role at times this term and it seems as though Manchester United are trying to bolster their defensive ranks by landing the young Brazilian. Speaking today however the 20-year-old said he's happy to stay put rather than gamble on a move to Old Trafford.
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He said: "The project is magnificent, and I'm really very happy to be part of it. The club is very ambitious. I hope to stay in Paris a long time to experience a lot of great things."
"Competition for places exists in every club in the world. I prefer to play in the middle, as a centre-back. But I am available if I'm needed, on the right or in midfield. The season is very long with a lot of matches and the coach needs everyone. Since I arrived in Paris, I have had the ambition of improving in every game and training session."
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Manchester United will now have to look elsewhere for the top-class centre-back they require, with Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels the man for the job. The German international seems more likely to move than ever following manager Jurgen Klopp's confirmation today that he will be stepping down from his role at the Westfalenstadion.
Klopp confirmed earlier this week before his announcement that Hummels was mulling over an offer from Manchester United ahead of a potential summer move.
He told DW Sport: "He's good enough for Manchester United. He's told me he's thinking things over. We're always looking around the market ourselves.
"That we want to keep Mats is beyond question. How that works out I don’t know.There’s always a list of players who would be interesting in the event that you need them."
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is said to be a fan of Hummels from his time in Germany, although if Klopp takes over at Manchester City then they could challenge their rivals for his signature.
There's no doubt that Marquinhos is one of the finest young defenders in Europe, but he would cost a fair sum of money. On all fronts a deal for Hummels seems more likely.
He's more experienced, exactly what Manchester United need, is willing to head to Old Trafford and won't cost nearly as much. It looks like it's going to be another big summer in Manchester.