Marquinhos recently impressed in both legs of PSG's Champions League clash with City: despite the French side losing.
And Lescott has urged United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to try and entice him to Old Trafford: "That is the biggest thing, for me. Harry Kane, yes, he would improve them, but I think it's more important to go and get a centre-half.
"I was speaking to Rio [Ferdinand] recently, we were talking about Marquinhos.
"I think if they were to get him, someone of that stature, that would instantly propel them into contenders."