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Marquinhos: Dani the champion would lift PSG

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos says Dani Alves would benefit the French champions if he were to join the club in the summer.

The Barcelona right-back is out of contract at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with a move to the French capital as negotiations over a contract extension at Camp Nou continue to stall - despite a transfer embargo that would leave the Blaugrana unable to replace him until January 2016.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe this week that PSG were no longer interested in Dani Alves, Marquinhos believes his fellow Brazilian would be a terrific signing for the French titleholders.

“He’s a champion with Barcelona and Brazil. He has already proved himself and does not need to do any more. He is a player with great experience,” Marquinhos told Sport.

“I don’t know if reports of his move to PSG are true or not, but I think a player like him can always help.”

PSG are said to be interested in bringing in a right-sided defender as Netherlands international Gregory van der Wiel unable to agree a contract extension after largely underwhelming since his 2012 move from Ajax.

Following the summer arrival of David Luiz, Marquinhos has pushed out to the right this season and says he is happy to do a job there for coach Laurent Blanc, but adds that he remains a centre-back by trade.

"I prefer to play in the centre and the coach knows that,” the former Roma man stated. 

“But I am available to play wherever. The important thing is to be on the field and have the chance to show my quality."