Barcelona & Manchester United look set for stunning £100m transfer: La Liga giants and Premier League outfit set for bidding war
Manchester United and Manchester City are set to spark a bidding war in their pursuit of Barcelona forward Neymar according to the Sunday Express.
The 25-year-old has become the subject of intense transfer speculation following comments, reportedly, made by the Brazilian international’s father.
Neymar Snr has pushed his son to make a move away from the Nou Camp, specifically encouraging the attacker to move to England, to help escape from the shadow of Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.
Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with a host of big additions but one imagines Manchester United must secure a Champions League berth in order to have any hope of luring Neymar.
Manchester United face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday and Mourinho knows his side must win in order to persuade top talents to make the move to the Premier League side.
Neymar has proven a big success since leaving Santos for the Catalan side back in 2013, scoring 104 goals in 184 appearances, helping the club secure two La Liga titles as well as a Champions League winners’ medal in 2015.
Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is also keen on landing Neymar and Manchester City clearly have the funds to win any bidding war but a move to Manchester United may also tempt the stylish front-man.
Manchester United have lacked a cutting edge in the final third, especially since Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a ligament injury that has sidelined the Swede since late April.
Mourinho’s men have scored just 52 Premier League goals this season, some way below the total’s racked up by other sides in the top six, and Neymar could well be the type of signing to help push Manchester United back towards a genuine title challenge.
This source claims such a move would cost upwards of £100m, a fee that would make Neymar the most expensive player in world football.