Thomas Tuchel reveals to Marina Granovskaia why Chelsea must seal £85m transfer

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.

 Transfer market value Marquinhos at a reasonable

£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

current deals.


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