Manchester United & Barcelona linked with stunning £200m summer transfer
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has set his sights on securing a massive summer coup as he continues to chase Barcelona forward Neymar and the Daily Express claim the Old Trafford side are ready to fork out as much as £200m to sign the Brazilian.
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This source claims that Mourinho has made regular calls to the 25-year-old, urging him to quit the Catalan side who signed him back in 2013.
Manchester United broke the world transfer record to land Paul Pogba in an £89m deal last summer but a move for Neymar would prove significantly more expensive.
The former Santos man has a massive £180m release clause which is due to rise to £200m at the end of the current campaign but Man United chief executive Ed Woodward knows the Premier League side can cash in with promotional and merchandising deals off the back of such a massive signing.
Neymar has experienced something of a dip in form this season and his transfer to the La Liga side is the subject of growing interest from the Spanish tax authorities, with both the player and his father being threatened with potential prison sentences for their involvement in the transfer.
Barcelona paid €57.1m (£48m) for Neymar and it’s fair to say the attacker failed to impress in his debut campaign but in his second term, in 2014/15, the stylish striker bagged 39 goals in all competitions as the club bagged a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.
Last season Neymar netted 31 times but thus far this season he has managed just six goals in La Liga action and Barcelona look set for an early Champions League exit after their 4-0 hammering at PSG, and this could well lead the player to consider his future at the club.
Manchester United clearly have the pulling power to complete such a deal and it’s worth noting that Mourinho is also hot on the heels of Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann, but could feel a move for Neymar would prove a better fit for his squad.
With Wayne Rooney likely to leave in the summer there would certainly be space for another big earner with the England man’s £300k a week salary set to be removed from the balance sheet.