(via Marca)

Manchester City and Real Madrid are ready to battle it out for the signing of Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos. Rumors suggest both sides ‘have made contact with Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos after contract renewal talks stalled’.

The Brazilian center-back current contract at the Parc des Princes is set to expire in June 2022 but negotiations to extend that by a further two years have faltered over his wages. Now, according to French outlet Le10Sport, City and Real are ready to take advantage of the situation and try to sign the 25-year-old.

Even though he landed in Paris to play as a center-back, Marquinhos has played regularly as a defensive midfielder for Thomas Tuchel’s team this campaign. He joined PSG from Roma for €31.4 million in the summer of 2013 and has since made 237 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions.

City are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements after a serious injury to Aymeric Laporte left them short-staffed at the back earlier this season. That forced Fernandinho to deputize at the back as reigning champions City lost ground to Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

Madrid, on the other hand, could be preparing for life after Sergio Ramos, as their captain isn’t getting any younger. Marquinhos could be a great fit for Raphael Varane in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

Either way, given his extensive top-level experience, including in the Champions League, Marquinhos would be a good fit for both City and Real.