Barcelona star wants to complete STUNNING £175m Manchester United Transfer
Manchester United could be set to smash the world transfer record by luring Neymar to the Premier League from Barcelona this summer.
The Red Devils are the current holders of the title as the team who spent the most on one player, having signed Paul Pogba for a reported £89million from Juventus last summer. They are set to cement their wealth by attempting to sign Barcelona’s precocious superstar to Old Trafford for a staggering £175million in the coming weeks.
According to the Daily Record, Jose Mourinho has made it clear the Brazilian is a priority deal as he looks to bring in a talismanic figure to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 35-year-old Swede left Old Trafford after just one season despite scoring 28 goals in all competitions. His contract expired at the end of the campaign, and although it looked like they were all set to agree on an extension, plans were scrapped when he picked up a serious knee injury and doubts emerged over his ability to fully recover.
The man many saw as Ibrahimovic’s predecessor as the main focus at United, Wayne Rooney, 31, is also likely to leave after a severe decline in form left him struggling for first team opportunities under Mourinho. Everton are supposedly close to agreeing a deal to take him back to Goodison Park, where he began his career before moving across the North West as an 18-year-old in 2004.
Neymar recently signed a new contract which will keep him at Barcelona until 2021, but if United are willing to pay the £175million sum, better known as his buyout clause, the Blaugrana will not be able to stand in his way should he decide on a new challenge. His four-year spell in Catalunya has been successful but far from plain sailing, with numerous legal battles and interest from elsewhere constantly adding questions to his future.
It was widely believed that United, both under Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, were keen to hijack those contract talks with Barça, and the player himself has always spoken of his admiration for the Premier League. Lionel Messi has now signed a new deal with the club, but it remains to be seen what will happen with Neymar as Ernesto Valverde gets to work after replacing Luis Enrique as coach.
Neymar Jr 16/17 all competitions— Brazil Football ?? (@BrazilEdition) July 4, 2017
1.019 G/A per game
And this was an "off" year for him. pic.twitter.com/pIvkQ4EqUo
Jose Mourinho has reportedly been growing tired of the United board’s lacklustre approach to the transfer market, but any deal for Neymar would go a long way to calming him down.