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PSG dismiss Chelsea inquiry for Marquinhos, Blues chasing N'Koulou

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Immediately after our loss to Crystal Palace this Saturday, many news outlets began salivating over the effect the result would have on Chelsea's transfer activity. On Sunday, rumors emerged claiming that Chelsea inquired with PSG about a deal for Brazilian center back Marquinhos, and apparently, the French club told the Blues "not to bother" with an offer for the 21-year-old defender.

Taking a starting player out of one of the richest clubs in the world will be difficult, so PSG's answer to Chelsea's enquiry shouldn't come off as a surprise. It's also one of the possible reasons why Marco Verratti, who many see as a "cheaper" alternative to Juventus' Paul Pogba, wouldn't be that easy to acquire.

The Mail have shed some light on another potential target, however, mentioning that Chelsea are also looking at Marseille defender Nicolas N'Koulou. Unlike PSG, Marseille aren't in very good shape financially, and if the Blues are actually interested, there's little reason to believe that they couldn't get a deal done.

Only two days until the transfer window shuts down.

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