Manchester United look to pull off £180m transfer coup: Jose Mourinho ready to smash world transfer record
Manchester United are reportedly keeping a close eye on Barcelona forward Neymar with a view to a possible move for the Nou Camp star according to the Daily Record.
Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is known to court the 24-year-old goal-machine with the Portuguese manager having attempted to land Neymar during his time at Real Madrid.
This source points out that a successful move for Neymar could set the club as much as £180m, way beyond the current world-transfer record, and also points out Manchester United’s need to freshen up their front-line.
Clearly summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic is something of a short-term solution whilst captain Wayne Rooney’s star is descending rapidly.
It is worth noting that the Premier League side do have top young talent to call upon in the shape of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford but clearly the addition of Neymar would be a massive transfer coup.
PSG are also tracking Neymar but one imagines that Man United would edge out the Ligue 1 side should a bidding war ensue.
Neymar’s transfer to Barcelona back in 2013 has led to various investigations, chiefly due to the nature of signing a player with third-party ownership entanglements, and only this week Spain’s public prosecutor called for the former Santos man to be handed a two-year jail sentence over alleged corruption & tax evasion.
Since moving to the Catalan club Neymar has proved a very effective performer, forming a key part of a three pronged attack alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, bagging 91 goals in 157 appearances helping Barcelona to a host of honours including two La Liga titles and a Champions League triumph.
Manchester United would need to have Champions League football to offer Neymar to have any chance of pulling off this transfer coup and one imagines Jose Mourinho’s tenure at the club also depends on this eventuality.
Thus far this term Mourinho’s side have struggled for consistency and Man United currently sit in sixth place, some eight points off a top four finish.