Barcelona to rival Man United for PSG defender – report

Date published: Saturday 27th May 2017 2:24 - Rob McCarthy

Spanish giants Barcelona have reportedly stepped up their interest in Manchester United target Marquinhos ahead of a summer move.

The La Liga side are said to want the PSG defender to replace veteran star Javier Mascherano as they look to rebuild an ageing back-line for next season.

Don Balon reports that 32-year-old Mascherano, who has enjoyed seven terrific years in Catalonia, is likely to be moved on after struggling with injuries throughout the course of the season.

Barca, who are due to name Luis Enrique’s replacement as coach on Monday, are already planning their summer transfer strategy and could scupper United’s bid to get the young Brazilian.

Old Trafford chief Jose Mourinho is, meanwhile, looking to freshen up the spine of his side for next season and is reportedly ready to bid around £50million for the 23-year-old former Roma star.

Mourinho reportedly has a £300m war chest to transfer the Europa League winners into Premier League and Champions League contenders for next season.

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