Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has put Neymar as his top transfer target, as he wants the club to put behind a disappointing summer transfer window.
While Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi have hogged the lime-light in Europe, back in South America, Neymar is expected to be the next No.1 in the world. The Brazilian international has already scored 52 goals for Santos in 99 appearances and legendary striker Pele has backed Neymar to eventually become a better player than even Lionel Messi. While Pele’s claim can only be judged in the future, top clubs across Europe have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old forward.
Various reports have claimed that Barcelona are the favorites to land the youngster as they have already held advanced talks with Santos. While media has reported that Barcelona have already paid Santos the first installment of Neymar’s transfer fee, the Brazilian club has denied such rumours. Real Madrid have also been linked with the forward, but have seemingly fallen behind in the race for his signature.
Now, according to various English media, Manchester City have entered the race for the Brazilian wonder boy. City have had a disappointing summer transfer window, where they failed to sign their primary transfer targets Robin van Persie and De Rossi. Mancini has earlier publicly voiced his concern for their lack of activity in the transfer market. Now the Italian wants City to spend big once again as he looks to sign Neymar ahead of Barcelona.
Mancini has said that he is unsure of reports claiming Barcelona has already made a down payment for Neymar but Mancini hopes that he, along with Txiki Begiristain, can put City in a very strong position in the next three or four years.
“I don’t know if it is true that Barcelona have already made a down-payment for Neymar.
“I think when Txiki starts to work here next week we can start to talk about the future for us because this is very important.
“Neymar is a Santos player and I don’t know what can happen with him in the future.
“But I am very happy to work now with the new sporting director because he gives us the chance to move very quickly regarding some players.
“If we work well together then the next three or four years for Manchester City can be very strong.” – Mancini was quoted in the press.
Manchester City have recently appointed Txiki Begiristain as the director of football at the club. Begiristain, who has earlier worked in similar capacity at Barcelona (from 2003 to 2010), will be in charge of the club’s activities in the transfer market. Begiristain has already tried to sign Neymar during his Barcelona days and many believe that he could be the key behind City’s ambitious bid to lure the Brazlian prodigy into signing for the English club.
But presently there are enough question marks on whether Mancini will be at the club in near future. City’s owner are said to be frustrated with the team’s poor performance in the Champions league and if they fail to retain the Premier League, Mancini could well removed from the helm.
While City do have the financial power to compete with Barcelona and even out muscle them in the transfer market, but at the moment the Spanish giants seem to have the first denial on Neymar. Also the fact that City owners have recently shown disinclination towards spending big in the transfer market, makes it even for unlikely that they would spend £50-£60 million on a single player.