Manchester United are reportedly ready spend (£60.1m, $77.4m) on luring Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window. Sport reveals the Ligue 1 side turned down approaches from Barcelona and Chelsea in the past but are now ready to negotiate a big-money sale to the Red Devils.
Marquinhos, 23, claimed at the weekend he would remain at Parc des Princes next season, even though Unai Emery's side look set to finish behind Monaco.
"My future? I will be here next season to win back the title," he said to Canal+ after PSG's 5-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Saturday. "I will 100% be Parisian."
However, Sport suggests the Brazil international may instead be plying his trade in Manchester next season..
The Spanish publication claims Marquinhos has rejected an offer to renew his contract at PSG in order to force a summer move away from the Ligue 1 side – threatening to leave for free once his current deal expires in the summer of 2019 if the club refuse to let him go this summer.
Sport adds that Barcelona made a €50m bid to secure his services last summer after the Catalans identified him as the perfect fit to lead their back-line for the next decade.
Barcelona were linked with Marquinhos during his early days at Roma and last summer Thiago Silva himself confirmed that the La Liga giants wanted to sign his teammate.
PSG turned down the bid from Barcelona and the Catalans instead signed instead Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyon for around €25m.
Chelsea reportedly tried to lure him to Stamford Bridge when Mourinho was still in West London. In the summer of 2015 Sky Sport reported the Blues had made two separate offers – worth around £25.7m and £40.4m – to sign the Brazil international.
PSG blocked his exit to the Blues that time but Sport believes that this summer Mourinho will finally get his hands on Brazilian as the French outfit are ready to open talks with Manchester United over a deal worth around €70m.
Barcelona are also interested in bolstering their defence but Sport understands they have given up on Marquinhos, leaving Manchester United with a clear path to his signing.
Manchester United broke the bank last summer to sign Eric Bailly from Villarreal for around €40m. However, it has been said that the Portuguese tactician still wants another world class centre-back to partner the Ivory Coast international in a bid to form a defence capable of fighting for the Premier League title during the 2017-18 campaign.