There was a seemingly silly, throwaway story at the end of the summer transfer window about Chelsea making a supposed last-gasp attempt at buying Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain. The clock was ticking and, having failed in our pursuit of John Stones, we were apparently firing all missiles to try to get somebody in at the last second. Panic ensued, phone lines lit up, nothing happened. Well, Djilobodji (and Hector) happened, but that's a bit of a laugh, really.
As random and scattershot as that approach may have been, it turns out that there may have been some method to the madness after all. At least if rumors in France are to be believed.
Le 10 Sport claim that the 21-year-old Marquinhos, who remains behind both Thiago Silva and David Luiz in the PSG pecking order, was none too happy that Chelsea's bids were summarily dismissed after what his camp claims was a promise from PSG leadership that they would look into a move for him. PSG obviously have a ton of money invested in the already excellent, yet still highly promising center back -- two years ago he was the most expensive teenager in football history at €30m+ -- so their reticence to sell is understandable. Upsetting and alienating their own player, if this report is true, is less of a good move but certainly not catastrophic.
Considering that Chelsea are widely expected to dip back into the transfer market in search of a young center back, perhaps this isn't the last time we will have heard of a bid for Marquinhos. Our second and last bid this August was supposedly €42m. Something to keep an eye on then, if we're tired of the John Stones drama.