Marquinhos emerges as top target for Manchester United

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Manchester United are considering a bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos and have approached the player's representatives.

Reports from France in Le 10 Sport claim that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has made a central defender a top priority, with Marquinhos high on the list of possible targets.

The young Brazilian defender, signed from AS Roma in 2013, has struggled to displace Thiago Silva and summer arrival David Luiz from the starting lineup, and as a result has emerged as a potential target for United.

The 20-year-old centre-back is regarded as one of the most promising young defenders in the world, and he already has four caps for his country at senior level.

Marquinhos is reportedly 'one of the first names' on van Gaal's shortlist and has been contacted by United as to his interest in moving to the Premier League should van Gaal approach with an offer.

United would prefer to strengthen this month, and while PSG may not be totally against letting Marquinhos go should United make an offer they can't refuse, it's more likely to happen in the summer.

PSG need to be more prudent in the transfer market following punishments dished out by UEFA under their Financial Fair Play regulations, which means squad players like Marquinhos could be sacrificed to raise money for a big spend before next season.

United's approach after Laporte rejection

United have reportedly reached out to the player's representatives to tell them they're monitoring his development with a view to a concrete offer in the summer if not before.

United's interest in Marquinhos follows the rejection of an offer to Athletic Bilbao for Aymeric Laporte.

It has been reported in Spain that United offered €30m for the Frenchman, but the La Liga side are holding out for the player's release clause, believed to be €42m.

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