Gabriele Marcotti says if PSG signed Pepe it would not influence Marquinhos' future
That is according to European football expert Gabriele Marcotti, who is a big fan of the Brazilian.
Marquinhos was reportedly of interest to Manchester United last month and Marcotti was asked whether a deal could happen.
Yesterday conflicting reports suggested Real Madrid defender Pepe, who is set to leave the club on a free transfer, had agreed to join PSG but the Ligue 1 side have denied they have made contact with the 34-year-old.
Marcotti does not think signing Pepe would influence Marquinhos' future at the club as the Portugal stalwart will only be there for the short term.
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I'm a huge Marquinhos fan, I think he's at the stage where he's very close
Gabriele Marcotti on PSG defender Marquinhos
He was asked by a Manchester United fan on Twitter: "Any chance of Marquinhos to United?? Does Pepe going to PSG change anything?"
"I'm a huge Marquinhos fan, I think he's at the stage where he's very close," Marcotti said on ESPN FC.
"He's got all the tools to go to the next level and be an elite top three, top five centre-backs in the world.
"The one thing that we know though for him to move from Paris Saint-Germain, Pepe is not there to be a long term solution, he's coming in for a year or two.
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Gabriel Marcotti says Marquinhos would cost Man Utd a lot of money
"So I think you still have to really force him away from Paris Saint-Germain.
"And that's going to cost a lot of money."
Marquinhos joined PSG from Roma in 2013 and has made 102 league appearances in France, scoring eight goals.