Barcelona continue to look for the best players available to help the club next year and beyond. In this case, Marquinhos should be the next person brought in on transfer.
The Spanish club has clearly been going after a central defender this summer and for good reason. Not only did the defense struggle at times in La Liga and especially in Champions League play, but Carles Puyol will soon need to be replaced.
At the end of the season, the 35-year-old captain told Sports Illustrated that he would have to quit if his injury problems continue.
As a result, the squad has looked into signing Brazilian defender Thiago Silva. Unfortunately, this transfer now appears unlikely. According to Paulo Freitas of Sky Sports, the PSG defender's agent recently stated:
Thiago Silva is a Paris Saint-Germain player, he is under contract and he will honour that. Rumours are rife, as they were last year, but he is a Paris Saint-Germain player and he will see out his contract.
While Tito Vilanova and the rest of the Barcelona staff are unlikely to give up, it appears as though a deal will not happen.
However, the team still has plenty of reasonable options going forward. If it cannot stop one Brazilian defender from playing for PSG next season, it will try to stop another one.
PSG have been interested in signing Marquinhos, but Barcelona is now in the race, according to Duncan McMath of ESPN:
Barcelona are in talks with Roma centre-back Marquinhos as they look to bolster their defence ahead of next season, according to Marca...The 19-year-old would apparently be available for around €30 million and the Spanish newspaper claim his agent, Roberto Calenda, was in Barcelona at the weekend to try and push through a deal for defender.
Director of football Andoni Zubizarreta also called him "an interesting player," according to Joe Wright of Goal.com.
While the money is high for a player with just one year of experience starting for a major club, the defender certainly appears worth the price.
Marquinhos showcased his skill last season with Roma, displaying the ability to win tackles and stop attacks at an incredible rate. Despite being only 19 years old, he never let his age or inexperience get to him as he seemed like a seasoned veteran on the pitch.
Adding the Brazilian player to the roster would immediately strengthen the defense and be a huge help as the club looks to defend its La Liga title next year.
Of course, the biggest aspect of this acquisition would how much he would help the future. The teenager is certain to only get better as he gets older, and playing with some of the best players in the world will only help his development.
After losing talented youngster Thiago Alcantara already this summer, Barca would be making a huge move toward the future by solidifying the middle of the defense for years to come.
The club failed to acquire Thiago Silva, but it would be much better off if it can complete a deal for Marquinhos before too many more teams get involved.
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