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Report: Barcelona miss out on PSG young prospect, shortlist another Ligue 1 defender

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There are things happening with Barcelona's transfer targets in France.

According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are set to miss out on Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos, Barça's dream signing this summer. The French club told all clubs who were hoping to land the Brazilian that he is simply not for sale, and will become a starter alongside Thiago Silva in the center of PSG's defense next season.

Marquinhos has been targeted by the Blaugrana for over two years, and he has indicated he wanted to join the Catalans on multiple occasions, but would accept staying with PSG if he were given a key role in the squad. Apparently, he's getting it now, and will remain a Les Parisien player for the next few years, at least. Premier League teams were also in for the 22-year-old Brazil international, but will have to look elsewhere.

Now that the Marquinhos signing is apparently not happening, Robert Fernández and his team are looking for new options, and they have found a good one in France: Lyon center-back Samuel Umtiti, another Premier League target. He has all the qualities a Barça defender needs: talent on the ball, speed, and obviously, defensive skills. He's young as well (21 years old), which is something both Robert and Luis Enrique want in a new defender.

Other targets are Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte (very close to Manchester City), Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi (a little too expensive) and Las Palmas' Mauricio Lemos (maybe not good enough).

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