Marquinhos remains Barcelona’s No.1 target as deal for Umtiti nears completion

The Liga champions still want to take the PSG defender to Camp Nou but will push on with attempts to sign Las Palmas star Mauricio Lemos should they prove unsuccessful

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos remains Barcelona’s top summer transfer target as a deal for Lyon’s Samuel Umtiti nears completion, Goal understands.

Brazil international Marquinhos has been on the Catalan club’s radar for a while now, with Goal reporting back in April that the Liga champions had agreed a deal with the player only to have come unstuck in negotiations with PSG.

But Luis Enrique’s side remain keen on the former Roma centre-back, with Marquinhos now set to discuss his future with the Ligue 1 winners after Brazil suffered elimination from Copa America at the group stage.

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Marquinhos still has three years remaining on his current deal with PSG although he revealed on June 7 that he was set for talks with the club to determine his future.

His role in the team is likely to be the deal breaker, with the 22-year-old wanting more first-team chances in the centre of defence having had to play second fiddle to Thiago Silva and David Luiz during the 2015-16 campaign.

Barca would need to pay in excess of €40 million to get their man, should PSG, who are set to name a new manager with Goal exclusively revealing that Unai Emery is ready to replace Laurent Blanc, alter their stance and subsequently allow Marquinhos to leave the club.

If the centre-back decides to remain in Paris, though, Goal understands Barca will turn their attentions back to Las Palmas star Mauricio Lemos, with the mid-table Liga club expected to demand a fee of around €10m.

A deal for Umtiti, meanwhile, is close to completion and Luis Enrique’s side are set to close negotiations with Lyon in the coming days after the French club confirmed there had been an approach for the player at the beginning of June.

The France international himself declared his admiration for Barca in a press conference on June 16 and is now all set to make the move to Camp Nou. He said: “The rumours? I’m fine with them. I’m happy to be here [at Euro 2016] and I just want to enjoy this moment.

“I have my agents who are there to manage everything about my future. I don’t think too much about this. FC Barcelona are a very big club and many players would like to play there. But I don’t want to think about this right now.”

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