Man United to launch summer raid for £30m Ligue 1 star

Manchester United are plotting an end of season move for £30m-rated Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Brazilian defender, 20, only joined the Ligue 1 champions from Roma at the start of last season, but has, so far, struggled to hold down a first-team berth at the Parc des Princes.

The arrival of David Luiz last year has done little to help his chances of staying Laurent Blanc’s plans, and the youngster is now frustrated that he’s so far behind the ex-Chelsea man and compatriot Thiago Silva in the pecking order.

United boss Louis van Gaal has been alerted by the situation, as he plots to add quality to his backline this month.

The Dutchman has had to use a makeshift backline on a number of occasions so far this season due to Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling’s injury issues, which contributed to the Red Devils’ shaky start to the campaign.

Even though Marquinhos is not an experienced option, LVG is keen to lure him to Old Trafford thanks to his potential.