Chelsea were prepared to offer a whopping £86m (€100m/$117m) to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos in the summer window, according to stunning reports.
Former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was keen for a reunion with the 27-year-old centre-back in a bid to strengthen Chelsea’s defence.
According to RMC Sport, Chelsea wanted to reunite Marquinhos with former PSG teammate Thiago Silva at Stamford Bridge.
Marquinhos and Silva forged an effective partnership in the heart of PSG’s defence, which came to an end with Silva’s exit from the Ligue 1 club in 2020.
However, PSG turned down Chelsea’s approach for Marquinhos and have no desire to sell the Brazilian.
Marquinhos, who is under contract with PSG until 2024, also wanted to remain at the Parc des Princes rather than sign for Chelsea.
The Brazil international arrived in the French capital at the age of 19 after PSG secured him from Roma for £27m in 2013.
Marquinhos has been an integral part of PSG’s squad and succeeded Silva as club captain in 2020.