It appears Barcelona are quickly starting to surround Brazilian sensation and newest signing Neymar with his compatriots.
The Catalans, and a number of top Premier League clubs, are all in the running for Roma defender Marquinhos, according to the Daily Star. The 19-year-old appeared in 30 matches for the Serie A club last season, and has 14 caps for Brazil’s U-17 team.
"Roma has told us that there is the possibility of a sale, and we'll respect the decision they take,” Marqinhos’s agent Roberto Calenda said to the Star. "There are offers from PSG, Barcelona and Manchester United, and it's possible the club accepts one of those."
The addition of high-spending Paris Saint-German and Manchester United might be enough to scare off Barcelona, who already have so much of their future funds invested in Neymar and Lionel Messi.
PSG is reportedly in the lead, and a deal worth as much as £30 million is taking form. Chelsea also had interest but that hefty a fee could also be enough for them to pass.
Marquinhos could be a long-term replacement for 35-year-old Carles Puyol, and would fit in nicely alongside Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves.
Over the past week several reports have also tied Barcelona to a move that would ship midfielder Cesc Fabregas back to the EPL. According to the Daily Mirror on Friday, Manchester United have placed a £26 million for the 26-year-old who was once regarded as one of the premier scorers in the world.
The Red Devils new boss David Moyes is reportedly so confident in his side’s bid, that he believes a “breakthrough” should happen within the next 48 hours. Earlier in the week, the Mirror reported United was so high on Fabregas that they were even willing to surpass their previous transfer fee record and pay as much as £31 million.
With Moyes and United so high on the player, the Catalans may be able to squeeze out a fee that more resembles Fabregas's market value of £39.5 million.
Injuries and a loaded Catalans midfield severely limited Fabregas’s role at Nou Camp for the past two years. But when healthy he was very effective as the Spanish native scored 20 goals in 60 appearances.
Consider that Fabregas totaled 35 goals in eight seasons and 212 appearances on Arsenal’s side, before a switch to Barcelona in 2011.
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