Manchester United contact agent of PSG star, interested in Valencia defender

Manchester United have initiated contact with the agent of Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos ahead of a possible summer move. Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claims that Barcelona along with United and Chelsea are interested in the 21-year-old. However, the report suggests that the Catalan club will find it difficult to match the financial power of the Premier League clubs. United have already contacted the player’s agent and are currently in the driving seat in his pursuit. The Brazilian defender is reportedly frustrated due to lack of playing opportunities and has attracted attention from…

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Manchester United to battle Arsenal for defensive duo

Manchester United have not given up in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos. Recently, Goal reported that the Brazilian defender has agreed on personal terms with Barcelona. However, according to the Sun, United and Arsenal are still hopeful in their pursuit of the 21-year-old. Marquinhos is behind his compatriots Thiago Silva and David Luiz in the pecking order at PSG and has struggled for first-team opportunities during his time with the Paris club. He has previously stated his desire to leave the Ligue 1 champions in his quest for regular playing…

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Chelsea lost race for star defender, but in advanced talks for Serie A midfielder

Chelsea have received a huge setback in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos. The Blues, along with Manchester United, were strongly linked with a move for the Brazilian defender. However, if the latest report from Goal.com is to be believed, the centre-back has agreed terms with La Liga giants Barcelona. According to the report, the Catalan club have offered an annual salary of around £3.6 million, in addition to £2.4 million signing-on fee to the 21-year old. Barcelona are yet to reach an agreement with the Paris club over the…

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Chelsea gossip: Double defender swoop targeted but international break yields injury woes

Saturday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Chelsea are ready to back manager Jose Mourinho with a fresh move for Everton centre-back John Stones and Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos, both 21, in January, the Daily Mirror reports. The struggling Premier League champions have also made Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos a candidate as they look to strengthen their suspect back four. Chelsea’s ties with Dutch side Vitesse has seen the Blues emerge as favourites to sign wonderkid Thomas Buitink ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal, according to the Metro. The 15-year-old…

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Chelsea target January moves for defensive duo John Stones and Marquinhos

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been given the go ahead to make a fresh approach for Everton youngster John Stones in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror. And the champions will apparently follow the move up with a move for Paris Saint Germain’s Marquinhos as they look to bolster their back line (via Mirror). Blues owner Roman Abramovic recently gave Mourinho his public backing (via Mirror) following the 3-1 defeat to Southampton last weekend, and the club are now prepared to back the manager in the January…

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Chelsea gossip: Courtois out for “a long time” but Brazilian defender back on Blues’ radar

Friday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer gossip. Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after injuring a knee in training, the London Evening Standard reports. That means deputy Asmir Begovic will now get the opportunity to shine in his absence. Courtois also requires knee surgery and will be out for “quite a long time”, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed, the BBC reports. The 23-year-old Belgium international damaged his medial ligaments during training on Wednesday. Chelsea transfer target Marquinhos is growing increasingly unsettled at…

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Chelsea target ready to force move away from PSG

Chelsea target Marquinhos is said to be ready to force a move away from Paris Saint Germain after growing unsettled at the club, the Metro reports. The Metro states that the young Brazilian international had been the subject of a £30.6m bid from The Blues over the summer, which was knocked back by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Chelsea have since brought in Papy Djilobodji from Nantes and Reading’s Michael Hector (via Metro) but now a report in French publication Le 10 Sport believe that Jose Mourinho could have the opportunity…

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Chelsea gossip: Pogba, Stones and Marquinhos deals fail to materialise, but £8m pair arrive

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Chelsea failed in their attempts to land Juventus star Paul Pogba, Everton centre-back John Stones, and Paris Saint-Germain youngster Marquinhos, according to the Daily Mail. The inability to bring the trio in to Stamford Bridge meant that it was a surprisingly low-key deadline day for the Premier League champions. Two players that did arrive on the final day of the window however, are defenders Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector, BBC Sport report. The pair both joined for £4m, and while the former Nantes…

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Chelsea have two bids for Brazil defender REJECTED by Paris Saint-Germain

Despite already adding Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector to his squad (via Metro), Jose Mourinho appears intent on bolstering his defensive options, after Sky Sports News HQ reported that Chelsea had had two bids turned down for Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos. BREAKING: Sky Sources: Chelsea fail with two bids for PSG defender Marquinhos. #SkyDeadlineDay #SSNHQ — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) September 1, 2015 According to the Daily Mail last month, the Blues had an enquiry for the 21-year-old turned down by the Ligue 1 side, but it appears that…

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Chelsea news: Jose Mourinho criticises referee and his own players following Crystal Palace loss

Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: In the wake of the Blues’ defeat to Crystal Palace, Jose Mourinho has criticised the refereeing decision that saw Kurt Zouma denied what seemed a very good shout for a penalty during the first half, the Daily Mirror report. Mourinho believes that had the spot-kick been given, the result could have been very different. “That penalty was our best moment in the first-half and I can imagine that if the result at half-time is 1-0 that the game could be completely different,”…

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