PSG defender Marquinhos was repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United during the January transfer window. Manchester United needed to strengthen in defence and it was a surprise when the window closed and the only player signed by the club, for the first team squad at least, was goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer.
The Marquinhos rumours were at first dismissed as yet more gossip because so many defenders had been linked with Manchester United, but when the defender's agent confirmed the interest and approach it made things a little different.
Marquinhos has today spoken to L'Equipe and also confirmed Manchester United did make an approach and that makes him happy. The Brazilian defender said "I let my agent handle it. PSG has refused to start negotiations. They closed the door. I took it as a sign of confidence. PSG counting on me. But to be honest, it made me happy to know that Manchester was interested in me. It's rewarding."
The defender didn't rule out a summer move and it would be no surprise if Manchester United were to return then. PSG would rather Marquinhos stayed and are working on a renewal but the Brazilian wants to play at central defence and has found it hard to consistently push past both of Thiago Silva and David Luiz.