Manchester United agree £172m fee, £21m a season contract on the table and squad number assigned: Summer transfer almost complete
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is closing in on the completion of a truly stellar summer transfer according to Spanish source Sport.
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Jose Mourinho hopes to secure a massive money deal to bring in Barcelona forward Neymar with the Premier League side ready to trigger the 25-year-old’s £172m release clause.
Manchester United are keen to put themselves back on the footballing map and know that the financial wins from completing such a transfer could be astronomical.
Neymar has proven a big success since leaving Santos for the Nou Camp in 2013 but could be lured away if the price is right.
This source claims that United will hand Neymar a massive £21m a year deal, almost double the wage the attacker earns at the La Liga giants and many sources believe that he would be offered the number 10 jersey currently worn by captain Wayne Rooney, the England international hotly tipped to leave the club in the summer.
An opening season tally of 15 goals in Neymar’s first season at Barcelona whetted the fan’s appetite and the cultured striker then went on to score 39 times in the club’s treble winning campaign in 2014/15 before Luis Enrique retained their domestic title last term.
This season Neymar started in average fashion but his performance during Barcelona’s thumping 6-1 win over PSG was almost certainly the best he’d put in and he will be a hard player for the Catalan club to replace to say the least.
Manchester United set a new world record transfer fee when they signed Paul Pogba last summer and if Mourinho brings Champions League football back to the club then finances will be available to the Portuguese boss and seemingly he is ready to blow the lot on this transfer.
There has been a great deal of speculation over a potential move for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, and that may well be with a view to bringing in a replacement for Neymar.
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has already confirmed he will leave the club this summer and his squad could well see a fair amount of ins and outs, especially if Real Madrid wrestle the domestic title from the Nou Camp side, and the sale of Neymar would help finance big money deals that an incoming manager would look to complete.