Manchester United have reportedly set their sights on Neymar, who is also the subject of interest from Real Madrid over a possible £200 million move.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Real Madrid will face stiff competition from Manchester United in their bid to sign Neymar in the summer transfer window. The Brazilian international is reportedly ready to call it quits at PSG after just one season, and could cost in excess of £200 million.
Neymar is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, having been a pivotal figure, first for Barcelona over an illustrious four-year stint, and currently for PSG. Since joining Les Parisiens last summer in a world record £200 million deal, the player took no time to stamp his authority in Ligue 1.
Although he has been sidelined for the last two months due to a foot injury, his record for PSG is truly incredible, with 28 goals and 19 assists in 30 appearances across all competitions. But, if recent reports are to be believed, trouble might be brewing in paradise, with Neymar ready to call it quits at Parc des Princes after just one season.
Considering his status as one of the best players in the world, it is not surprising that there are few big spending clubs that are ready to make a move for the player in the summer. One such suitor is Real Madrid, who have been heavily linked with Neymar in recent months.
Los Blancos are set for a summer overhaul of their squad following their catastrophic failure in La Liga this season. Attack is, understandably, one of the areas of the squad that are in line to be bolstered and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to splash the big bucks to land Neymar.
The player’s father, Neymar Santos Sr. is also reportedly in contact with Real Madrid to force through a move away from PSG. But, Manchester United have now emerged as contenders to land the 26-year-old in the summer.
The Premier League heavyweights’ interest in Neymar isn’t new, with the club attempting to sign him on previous occasions as well. What is surprising though, is the fact that the Brazilian’s arrival will overload an already left-heavy Manchester United attack, despite the fact that Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are being linked with moves away from Old Trafford.
Alternatively, Jose Mourinho could deploy Neymar in a more central, free role to bring the best out of his abilities. Either way, the Brazilian could end up rejuvenating an underperforming attacking unit at Manchester United, who are ready to spend big to land him.
The report entails that Manchester United are willing to pay over £200 million to sign Neymar, setting up a duel with bitter transfer market rivals Real Madrid in the process. Los Blancos though, are currently in the lead, with super agent Pini Zahavi being contacted by the player’s father to work on a move to the Bernabeu.
But, Manchester United are hoping to use their working relationship with Neymar Santos Sr. to secure the services of the 26-year-old, and it remains to be seen if they can trump Real Madrid to land the Brazil international in the summer transfer window.