Marquinhos has put an end to rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United by signing a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
The 20-year-old, who arrived at the Parc des Prince from Roma in 2013, has committed himself to PSG until 2019.
Man United had been strongly linked with Marquinhos but it appears the reports were just a negotiating tactic from the defender’s camp.
It is not the first time a player has used United in such a way as Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Dante adopted similar tactics before putting pen to paper on a new deal with the German club.
— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) March 26, 2015
Whether or not Louis van Gaal was actually interested in Marquinhos remains to be seen but the news will still come as a blow.
United are on the lookout for defensive talent as the team have been far from consistent when it comes to keeping their opponents out. If not for the brilliant form of David de Gea, United would be in a far worse situation than they currently are.