In Focus: Man United make £60m Marquinhos bid

According to Sport, Manchester United have offered Paris Saint-Germain £60m in a bid to bring Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos to Old Trafford this summer.

What’s the story?

Man United boss Jose Mourinho is expected to sign at least one new central defender this summer as he looks to build a title-winning team at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Portuguese will once again be heavily backed in the transfer window, and according to Sport, the former Chelsea manager wants to kick off his summer spending with a big-money move for Marquinhos.

As it stands, David Luiz is the most expensive defender in world football, with the Brazilian returning to Chelsea in a £50m deal from PSG last summer.

Mourinho wants to increase that figure by £10m, however, in a bid to beat Barcelona and Real Madrid to the signature of the 23-year-old, who has made more than 150 appearances for the French giants since arriving in Paris.

It is understood that PSG are keen to keep hold of the centre-back, but Man United’s desire to smash the transfer record for a defender could see the deal go through.

Why do United need a new centre-back?

It would be fair to say that Eric Bailly, who joined Man United from Villarreal last summer, has proved to be a brilliant signing for the Red Devils.

Bailly’s spot in the back four looks secure for the 2017-18 campaign, but the same cannot be said for England duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, who have both been criticised by Mourinho in recent weeks after spending time on the sidelines.

At least one of Smalling and Jones are expected to depart this summer, whilst Mourinho does not consider Daley Blind at centre-back despite the Dutchman’s presence in that particular position over the last few weeks.

Axel Tuanzebe has been heavily involved in the first team since April, but the teenager has largely been selected in a defensive midfield role.

Marcos Rojo has proved a dependable performer for Man United this season, although the Argentine is currently on the sidelines through injury, and Mourinho wants a big-name centre-back in this summer’s transfer window.

Man United are again expected to splash the cash before the start of the 2017-18 season, and a £60m move for Marquinhos would certainly send out a message to the rest of Europe.