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Ferdinand issues Marquinhos transfer advice to United

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Man United legend Rio Ferdinand believes a proven performer in Marquinhos is the only option top clubs should be considering.

Manchester United have been linked with signing another centre-half ahead of the summer transfer window, and Rio Ferdinand has said Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos is “the only place” to go.

The former Red Devils defender believes any side looking to reinforce their back-four at the next opportunity should move for the Brazilian.

Marquinhos would not come cheap as an established part of PSG’s plans, but the Brazil international would tick plenty of boxes for those – such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United who are looking to land a reliable performer.

Ferdinand told Vibe with Five: “If any team is in the market for a center-back, right now, out of the top teams, with the finances, Marquinhos is the only place I’m going.

“Big-game player. Every big game you see that guy play he turns up. Fit as you like, quick, robust, hardened, battle-hardened, understands the big-game environments. Top, top player, great attitude, leader, got it all.

“If I’m looking for a centre-back of experience who can take me to the next level, he’s the one I’m going for.”

PSG will feel under no pressure to part with Marquinhos. They have the 26-year-old tied to a contract through to 2024, which will help to keep his asking price up.

The South American stalwart was also made club captain in the French capital following Thiago Silva’s departure in 2020 and continues to prove his value for Mauricio Pochettino’s side on a regular basis.