Barca eying up move for Roma’s Marquinhos – Report
By Chris Donald
The future of Roma defender Marquinhos is once again in question after speculation has increased over a move to Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.
Barcelona have been chasing a central defender this summer as a priority, with Paris Saint-Germain and Seleção captain Thiago Silva at the top of their wish list.
However, difficulties bringing Silva to the Camp Nou has meant manager Tito Vilanova is eying up more feasible options.
19-year-old Marquinhos has been heavily linked with a move away from Roma this summer with Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly having offers rejected for the defender.
Making 26 appearances in his first season in Serie A last season, his valuation is understood to be between €20m and €25m.
Roma are not eager to lose one of the mainstays of their defence, but Marquinhos’ alleged acts of rebellion may tip the balance in Barca’s favour, after the Brazilian missed a pre-season event which fueled speculation further.