Marquinhos fits Barcelona’s requirements for a new centre-half and the 20-year-old Brazilian will not cost as much as the £50million PSG are spending on Luiz.
Barca and PSG are ‘brothers in sponsors’ with Qatar helping to bankroll both clubs and contact has already been established between Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and his counterpart at the French club, Nasser Al-Khalifa.
PSG want £24m for the defender who has been left out of Brazil’s World Cup squad. They know Barcelona must spend big this summer ahead of a possible transfer ban in the following window.
Barca want to pay closer to £16m for a player who had already fallen out of favour under Laurent Blanc even before Luiz’s arrival.
The French Champions have also been in trouble with UEFA and their contravention of financial fair play mean they can only spend £48.5m net this summer forcing them to sell if they are to fund other signings.
Barca bringing in Marquinhos, who they wanted to sign when he was at Roma but lost out to PSG, would enable them to go on rebuilding with Dani Alves and Eden Hazard also on their wish-list.
Alves could even be included in the Marquinhos deal.