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Chelsea Transfer News: Marquinhos Urged to Leave PSG by Former Blue Alex

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2015

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Marquinhos controls the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on September 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former Chelsea defender Alex has urged his compatriot Marquinhos to leave Paris Saint-Germain, with the Blues and Manchester United apparently keen on the centre-back.  

According to Sean Kearns of Metro, both of the Premier League giants have “registered their interest” in the 21-year-old. Alex, who now plays for Serie A side Milan, thinks Marquinhos should take one of these interested parties up on their offer if he’s to realise his full potential, per L'Equipe (h/t Kearns):

Marquinhos would fit in at any big European club. His problem is that two of the best players in the world in his position are ahead of him.

If I was in his place I would leave PSG—especially when all the big clubs want him. During every transfer window, he gets magnificent offers. He’s young and should be playing to show his worth.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Alex of Chelsea celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 3, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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A lack of playing time does seem to be an issue for Marquinhos. He’s only started three of PSG’s Ligue 1 matches so far this season, with manager Laurent Blanc preferring the partnership of Thiago Silva and David Luiz.

It leaves the French giants with three quality centre-back options, but for Marquinhos, being the deputy is not really befitting of his potential. As is evident here, the young Brazilian has the quality to go to the very top of the game:

For Marquinhos, sitting on the bench has been a regular theme since he signed from Roma. The only times he’s been able to get in the PSG team at centre-back is due to injuries or suspensions; otherwise, he’s done a job for the Parisians in a right-back role. For a player who has so much talent, it must be a frustrating scenario.

Despite his tender years, Marquinhos does have a lot to offer. As we can see here, courtesy of WhoScored.com, his distribution is of the highest order:

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Marquinhos: Of players with more than 20 Ligue 1 apps last season, only Motta (92.9%) had a better pass accuracy than @marquinhos_m5 (92.3%)

Defensively, he’s very sound, too. Marquinhos is an intelligent anticipator, is technical and tenacious in the tackle and is very quick across the ground. There are some areas in which he needs to improve, most notably his aerial ability, but for a player with an imposing physique, that would surely come with playing time.

Silva and Luiz have proved tough to dislodge for Marquinhos.
Silva and Luiz have proved tough to dislodge for Marquinhos.Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Whenever he’s been in the starting lineup, PSG have looked a lot more solid. So the following statistic from OptaJean from last season shouldn’t come as a great surprise:

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23 - @marquinhos_m5 is the player who has featured the most times in Ligue 1 this season without ever finishing on the losing side. Samba.

Chelsea are clearly on the hunt for a young centre-back after their much publicised pursuit of Everton’s John Stones, per Sky Sports, and there are clear parallels to draw between the two. While they are similar in stature and style, unfortunately for the Blues, both players would most likely cost an extortionate amount, too.

Alex is a player who knows what it’s like to play for PSG and Chelsea, so his thoughts on the matter are worth considering. Nevertheless, Marquinhos is still a young man, and while he may not be in the team’s best XI, he’ll be learning plenty from the likes of Silva. That’ll ultimately aid his development moving forward, meaning it’s unlikely the French champions will be willing to cash in.