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The defender, who is also a transfer target for Barcelona, looks set to follow Edinson Cavani from Serie A to the Parc des Princes in an imminent move

By Wayne Veysey

Roma defender Marquinhos is close to agreeing a €35 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

The two clubs are in advanced negotiations over the structure of the deal, which is expected to be finalised by the end of the week.

It is believed that Marquinhos has already agreed terms with the French big-hitters and will soon put the finishing touches to the move, with the centre-back's brother claiming on Thursday that a deal had been agreed upon.

"We were awake all night trying to reach an agreement," Luan Aoas told Lancenet. "But finally we succeeded."

Barcelona had a €20m bid for the Brazilian teenager rejected by Roma this summer, but they look set to have been overwhelmed by PSG’s financial muscle as the French club eye Marquinhos partnering up with compatriot Thiago Silva in defence.

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the most promising centre-backs in world football following an excellent debut campaign in Serie A after moving from Corinthians 12 months ago.

Barca made an offer for Marquinhos as they stepped up plans to reinforce their back four this summer, with PSG star Silva and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny also on the club’s radar.

Roberto Calenda, a representative of Marquinhos, was quoted this week as saying the youngster has had "offers from PSG, Manchester United and Barcelona".

Roma have decided to cash in on the centre-back in order to reinforce other areas of their squad, with Kevin Strootman, Mehdi Benatia and Maicon joining from PSV, Udinese and Manchester City respectively this week. The Giallorossi have also made an €8m bid for Arsenal forward Gervinho.

PSG are now confident of following up the estimated €63 million signing of Edinson Cavani with Marquinhos, with the likelihood that the deal will be complete within 48 hours.

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