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Marquinhos to solve Louis van Gaal's centre-back search at Manchester United

Published 06/04/2015 | 08:17

Centre of attention: Manchester United are closing in on a £40m deal for PSG's Marquinhos Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Centre of attention: Manchester United are closing in on a £40m deal for PSG's Marquinhos Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Manchester United all but tied up a deal for the Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos.

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United, who have been on the look-out for a world-class centre-half for two years, have settled of the 20-year-old Brazilian, who moved to the Parc des Princes from Roma in August 2013.

According to Metro, United have agreed personal terms with the centre-back who will join in July for a fee of £40m.

Hang on. The 'world-class' centre-half who will be moving to Old Trafford this summer is not Marquinhos at all, but daily transfer gossip man-most-mentioned award winner 2013, 2014 and 2015, Mats Hummels. He will move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer for £35 million as one-third of a triple £105 million transfer swoop which also includes PSV's Memphis Depay (£20 million) and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (£50 million).

Manchester United are leading the race against Arsenal and Chelsea to sign Real Madrid's Sami Khedira.

The World Cup winner, claims The Daily Star, will be offered £200,000 a week to move to Old Trafford once his contract expires this summer.

Meanwhile, United manager Louis van Gaal has been monitoring the much coveted Sporting central midfielder William Carvalho. With a buy-out clause of €45 million (£33 million), Carvalho has been watched by almost every Champions League contender west of Moscow but no one has yet taken the plunge. Neither will United, not at that price, but will chance their arm for £22 million and see if they strike lucky.

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