Man Utd on red alert as £52m star claims contract extension ‘does not depend on him’

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Chelsea and Manchester United keeping tabs on Paris Saint-Germain centre-half Marquinhos, according to Calciomercato

The Brazil international has seen new contract talks stall amid claims emerging of the English clubs failed with a €60 million (£52 million) bid to secure his services.

The former Roma star has released an interview with Journal de Dimanche (via Calciomercato) revealing that there is no news regarding new contract negotiations with his club.

“It [a new deal] does not depend on me only, let’s see what will happen”, the 22-year-old said.

“I feel part of this project but you have to see if the manager and the president want me to stay. I am in no rush because my contract expires in 2019. I am a player of PSG and I am feeling a Parisian. I love this club and I love what they’ve done for me”.

Despite bringing Ivorian defender Eric Bailly in the summer, United need another world-class centre-back presence if they’re to regain their former status as one of the world’s finest teams, and Marquinhos, like Bailly, could patrol their defence for years to come.

While it’s no secret that Antonio Conte searching for a quality upgrade on centre-back position. The Blues need a replacement for the veteran club captain John Terry and possibly for Gary Cahill, who turned 31 in December.

This season in the French Ligue 1, Marquinhos has won 28 tackles this season with a success rate of 53%, has made 26 interceptions, 75 clearances and eight blocks.