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Jun 3, 2014

Marquinhos waiting on PSG decision

FC's Gab Marcotti, Steve Nicol, Shaka Hislop, and Alejandro Moreno question whether David Luiz is worth his record transfer fee.

Barcelona target Marquinhos has acknowledged he is waiting for Paris Saint-Germain to decide his future while teammate Marco Verratti sees himself at the Parc des Princes for years to come.

- Marcotti: Decoding David Luiz's move to PSG

Marquinhos, 20, signed a five-year contract upon his arrival from Roma only last summer, and has been billed as one of the game's brightest rising stars.

However, he failed to usurp Alex in the role of Laurent Blanc's preferred partner to Thiago Silva in the Ligue 1 champions' central defence last season, and with the former Giallorossi player kicking his heels on the bench, Barca are reportedly considering offering him an attractive road out of the French capital.

With the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea ahead of next season, and Alex keen to extend his contract with PSG beyond its expiry later this month, competition for places could see Marquinhos squeezed further to the fringes next season.

"Barca are a great club," the defender told TV3. "We'll see what happens. We're waiting to see what PSG are going to decide."

With last season's La Liga runners-up reportedly ready to offer PSG an offer above the estimated 30 million euros they paid Roma for the Brazil international, and the Financial Fair Play punishments handed down last month meaning they need to reduce their squad size and wage bill, the French champions could be tempted to cash in on the prodigy.

The same cannot be said of Verratti, 21, who penned a one-year extension to take him through to 2018 with PSG early last season.

Though persistently linked with a return to Italy, from where he came as a relative unknown from Pescara in 2012, Verratti told media gathered for the Italy World Cup squad's pre-tournament training camp he was in no hurry to leave.

"I feel good in Paris, and when I'm happy somewhere, I do everything to stay there," he said. "If there comes a day when they no longer want me, then I will certainly do all I can to return to Italy."

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