GOAL 50 EXCLUSIVE
Paris Saint-Germain ace Marquinhos has told Goal that he would love to see Barcelona hotshot Neymar join him at the Parc des Princes.
The pair teamed up to end Brazil's wait for Olympic gold with a nail-biting win over Germany in Rio in August, with Selecao skipper Neymar netting the winning spot-kick in the penalty shootout that decided the men's football final.
As previously reported by Goal, PSG had hoped to lure the Barca forward to the French capital during the summer but Neymar ultimately opted to pen a contract extension at Camp Nou that binds him to the Catalan club until 2021.
However, Marquinhos is still dreaming about playing alongside his compatriot at club level, insisting that there is no player in the world he would rather PSG sign.
"I'd say Neymar [above all others] because he's my friend, but, more than anything else, due to his qualities [as a player]," the defender revealed during an exclusive interview after being named in the 2016 Goal 50.
"He can make the difference at any time, he is an important player for the Selecao and, in addition, he is young, so he can still develop."
As a consequence of Neymar's new Barca deal, his buy-out clause was set at €200 million but that will increase by a further €22m next June and then rise again in 2017, to a whopping €250m.
PSG, though, are desperate to sign a new superstar following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure at the end of last season for Manchester United and are willing to offer Neymar the same €42m annual salary that Lionel Messi is earning at Barca.
Marquinhos, meanwhile, has become an increasingly important player at PSG since first arriving from Roma in the summer of 2013 for a fee of just over €31m.
Indeed, the 22-year-old centre-half, who can also play at right-back, is expected to sign a new five-year contract that would keep him at PSG until 2021, with his present deal set to expire in three years.