Thomas Tuchel has worked with Marquinhos before
at Paris Saint-Germain, and his praise for the
Brazilian shows exactly why Chelsea tried to sign him
in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and centre-back
Thiago Silva have already told director Marina
Granovskaia the reasons why the club should move
again for Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos
after a failed £85million transfer in the summer.
Marquinhos was first linked with a last-minute move
to west London ahead of transfer deadline day, with
Tuchel keen to be reunited with the defender in the
Marina granovskaia was reportedly prepared to offer
up to £100million (£85million) to secure the services
of the highly-rated Brazilian.
However, both the player and his club said no to the
proposal, ultimately resulting in the Blues failing to
secure the signing of a central defender.
Late links for the centre-half only came about
because of the west Londoners’ struggles in trying to
prise primary target Jules Kounde away from Sevilla
in the summer.
This prompted the board to enter talks with a number
of different options but Tuchel’s good relationship
with the Brazilian himself made it an attractive
proposal in hindsight to Granovskaia and co.
Despite failing in the most recent transfer window,
the German has given all the reasons why the Blues
hierarchy should hone in on securing the 27-year-old
over Kounde in the upcoming mid-season one.
Tuchel said: “Marquinhos is the heart and soul of our
team. That’s why he must play at the heart of the
action, but also because he’s talented.
“He has all the qualities to play in midfield and has a
worker’s mentality. He can help the defenders and the
forwards at the same time. It’s important that he’s
close to everybody as he’s the boss.
“Marqui covers more ground than anybody else in the
team and is valuable in the counter-pressing.”
The Brazilian can play at either centre-back or
defensive-midfield, a quality that also drew praise
from his former head coach.
If ‘Marqui’ needs to play at the back, then he will, but
he has proven his ability in midfield,” Tuchel added.
“He can really push the team to its best level.
“He did that several times last season [2019/20],
notably during the ‘Final 8’ [UEFA Champions League]
in Portugal. He scored against Atalanta and Leipzig.
He is exceptional.”
Additionally, current Brazilian centre-back at the
Stamford Bridge-based club Thiago Silva has already
given a glowing reference on his fellow countryman
and former teammate in the French capital.
Speaking to the press on international duty at the
start of July, he said: “I played with him for seven
years, he taught me a lot even if he was younger than
He is very intelligent. He is a player who is in the top
3 defenders in the world; he does things that players
of his age don’t usually do.”
So far, in this new 2021/22 campaign, the central
defender has made a total of four appearances
for mauricio Pochettino PSG side in all competitions.
£67.50m, meaning Granovskaia can try and work her
magic in negotiating the fee down from the quoted
£85million – although it may take more if the French
side are to be convinced to part with a key player.
Chelsea are focused on trying to sign a new centre-
half in the next few transfer windows with the likes of
Antonio Rudiger and others nearing the end of their