Despite Louis van Gaal’s protestations that Manchester United won’t be doing any business this January, the Sun, the Star and the Express all claim the Red Devils will rush through a move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian centre-half Marquinhos before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline.
According to reports earlier this month, PSG quoted the price on Marquinhos to be £112m, but the Red Devils are now said to have moved on the sometime Selecao star with a much lower offer.
If the 13-time Premier League champions plan to shock the football world as they did at the end of the summer window, when a successful loan move for striker Radamel Falcao was pulled out of the air, then this could be it.
Marquinhos was signed from Roma for £24m as a 19-year-old barely 18 months ago, but the Ligue 1 Champions bought compatriot David Luiz to play alongside Brazil captain Thiago Silva in the heart of defence since, which has left the youngster operating at right-back or out of the team completely.
United were thought to be contemplating a move this summer, but the Star reports that they will try their luck with a bid now in the hope that the greater likelihood of first-team football tempts the 20-year-old.
In other news vaguely linked with French football, West Ham have been linked with Valenciennes striker Opa Nguette.
The Irons are clearly flushed with success from their last jaunt to Ligue 2, after the division’s 2013/14 player of the season Diafra Sakho’s outstanding return of eight goals in 11 Premier League starts so far for the east Londoners.
Nguette has logged a more modest tally of four in 17 games for VA this term.
Apart from that whisper, and the news that Roma have signed Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia, there doesn’t seem to be much happening on the night Sky Sports have lovingly dubbed Deadline Day Eve…