If we were to ask you “Which English club is interested in Marquinhos?”, your answer would probably have been Manchester United or Chelsea.
Having followed the player since his Roma days, United have never formally officially made an offer for the Brazilian defender, but are constantly linked with him.
Chelsea, on the other hand, were reported to have made a last ditch attempt at signing Marquinhos during the last summer transfer window, when José Mourinho was still in charge.
Well, according to L’Equipe, another player has joined the party, and that hopeful is third-placed Arsenal.
The French newspaper devoted a whole page to the youngster in their Monday edition, mostly because of his very likely start against Manchester City on Tuesday night, but also to praise him for his patience and behaviour during three frustrating years in Paris.
Marquinhos has never been a regular starter for the Ligue 1 side, always in David Luiz’s (don’t ask why) and Thiago Silva’s shadows, and this season could be his last one doing so.
A few times this year, the defender has spoken of planned talks with the French club to sort out his future, one which will undoubtedly see Nasser Al-Khelaifi try and convince him to remain, such is the president’s love for the player.
However, the interest in Marquinhos across Europe is very high, and, while Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are mentioned, it is the mention of Arsenal that has caught our interest, as it is a rare one.
The London club could certainly do with the player’s ability and, for his age, experience at the top level, especially with the likes of Mertesacker and Koscielny (less so than the German) on the wrong side of 30.
Whether the player would be guaranteed a spot at Arsenal, something which is more likely at United, remains to be seen, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Wenger didn’t enquire over the summer.
He’ll then go elsewhere, and the French manager will announce 6 months later how he could have signed him.
That’s how it works, no?