Report: Al-Nasr SC fail to convince Roma midfielder Marquinho to join themThe Brazilian is believed to prefer a move back to his homeland
Al-Nasr SC have given up on their pursuit of Roma midfielder Marquinho, according to reports.
The National claims that the UAE Arabian Gulf League outfit have decided to pursue other targets, after failing to convince the player to move to the United Arab Emirates.
Marquinho had been on loan at Saudi Arabia based side Ittihad Jeddah from July 2014 to June of this and made a reasonable impression with a return of ten goals and seven assists in 29 appearances.
The 29 year-old subsequently returned to Roma following that spell, but is not believed to be required by Head Coach Rudi Garcia and is expected to move on.
The report in the National suggests that Al-Nasr were eager to take him on board and even agreed a fee of around €1.5 million with Roma.
Marquinho, however, was not so keen on making the switch and is said to prefer a move back to his native Brazil, where he has represented the likes of Figueirense and Fluminense earlier in his career.
Marquinho’s apparent snub leaves Al-Nasr still potentially needing three players to fill their foreign quota.
Brazilian Renan and forward Ibrahima Toure could remain at the club if suitable alternatives cannot be secured, while the report, quoting an Al-Nasr club official, claims that Trabzonspor’s Óscar Cardozo will not be pursued, despite rumours to the contrary.