Transfer rumor roundup: Marquinhos for Man Utd, Lambert to leave LFC

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Manchester United needs to improve its back line, and quickly, with injuries and poor errors marring an otherwise great turnaround under Louis van Gaal. The Manchester United boss is rumored to be targeting young Paris Saint-Germain star Marquinhos, who has flouished at the French giants since a move from Italy two summers ago.

The report began in the Daily Star and has been picked up in France, as Manchester United looks to upgrade on their back line with the 20-year-old Brazilian. Marquinhos is stuck behind David Luiz and Thiago Silva at PSG, but has still improved rapidly in his 12 appearances this season, proving an accurate tackler and a great man-marker with the ability to sniff out passing lanes before they’re used. PSG bought Marquinhos in the summer of 2013 for $41 million, and could be set to make a slight profit should the reports nail their estimates of the transfer fee at around $45 million.

Liverpool, meanwhile, is looking to upgrade its attacking prowess, likely to bring back Divock Origi early from his loan spell in France. That could be bad news for third-choice striker Rickie Lambert, whom the Reds could look for a buyer should Origi supplant him in the striker pecking order. The Sun is reporting the 32-year-old Lambert could be off, after just 12 appearances and a disappointing two goals in 596 Premier League minutes for his favorite boyhood club.

Without making a clear statement on who would be interested, the reports speculate that a host of clubs could be drawn to Lambert, including Hull City, West Brom, Swansea, and Crystal Palace. Swansea City seems to make the most sense of those named, with the money and the need after Wilfried Bony’s departure for Manchester City. Lambert would likely be a more temporary solution to the problem, but nonetheless would do the job for a few months.

Real Madrid rumors continue to swirl despite their overwhelming success in La Liga this season. Cristiano Ronaldo has an unbelievable 28 goals in 19 matches and Los Blancos lead Barcelona at the top of the league table by four points, but they continue to dominate the tabloids. Now, rumors surround the goalkeeping situation. Iker Casillas has returned to regular action, but according to the Manchester Evening News, they have had inquiries over bringing Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea to the Bernabeu. Manchester United have told them, reportedly, that they must pay a record goalkeeper transfer fee to land him, and have targeted Gareth Bale as a make-good in a potential swap.

The article does admit the Manchester United brass are happy with the goalkeeping situation at Old Trafford, with De Gea in world-class form this season, and Victor Valdes signed to back him up. The record transfer fee for a goalkeeper is the $49 million Juventus paid to secure Gianluigi Buffon way back in 2001. Giving Bale up would not only allow Madrid to secure De Gea, but could also open the door for those rumors that have seen Marco Reus linked with Los Blancos recently.