Brazilian’s agent confirms bid from Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have made a bid for Roma’s Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos according to his agent.

The 19-year-old has been touted as a possible alternative for Barcelona should they miss out on signing fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva but it looks like United have joined in the hunt to sign him.

Speaking to Spain’s Mundo Deportivohis agent Roberto Calenda confirmed that Roma had received offers from PSG and United for Marquinhos.

“The player is back from vacation and joined to work with the idea to help his team in the best way possible.

“However, the club has informed us of the possibility of selling to Marquinhos and we have to respect the decisions they make.

“There are offers from PSG, Manchester (United) and Barcelona and Rome could accept one of them.”

The 19-year-old spent over a decade with Brazilian outfit Corinthians before joining Roma last year but he made quite an impact with the Serie A side in his 22 appearances.

Mainly operating as a centre back, Marquinhos made an average of 2 tackles and 2.7 interceptions per game and at 19, he is already playing with Brazil’s U23 squad.

Unsurprisingly, that sort of Brazilian talent comes at a price and with a €25-30m fee being touted, United could be priced out of a move but we have already tabled our bid so the interest is genuine.

With a move for Ezequiel Garay also being heavily discussed, United look to be in the market for a new centre back and given Ferdinand (34) and Vidic’s (31) ages, Moyes may well want to bring in some more youth despite his options in defence already with Jones, Evans and Smalling.

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10 comments

Byamukama Stephen 07/16/2013 - 07:19

Man United has contracted the Arsenal desease.You identify negotiate and others buy.

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Peter 07/16/2013 - 04:26

We buying all defenders soon Evra will be playing striker. We need a top signing like bale or ronaldo and 1 midfielder that’s it we will rule for the next 5 years.
Moyes is a top manager to keep Everton in the league with little funds but wake up please your at Man U and start buying.

Wish moyes good luck win the league and ur the man.

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Ian Feetham 07/15/2013 - 22:39

I thought i read somewhere United were pushing Jones in to the midfield, or was i wrong?. if so this could make sense.

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Kings 07/15/2013 - 21:27

Another shit little club using our name to jack up the price and generate interest from other clubs. Fuck off Roma

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ben 07/15/2013 - 20:33

Tomorrow they will say a deal is nearly done… 3 weeks later they will say the same

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Ian 07/15/2013 - 19:07

What, another defender!

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ian harris 07/15/2013 - 18:20

What ? Another rumour ? Haven’t you learnt from Thiago?

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samp 07/15/2013 - 18:53

Offer already confirmed by his agent.

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Delano 07/15/2013 - 22:00

Are rhey going to accept that of Barca’s?

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Bazzaroo 07/15/2013 - 18:18

If Barca are in for him they’ll get him whilst United argue over whether he should buy his own toilet roll.

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