I guess it comes as no secret that Manchester United and Jose Mourinho are trying to bring in at least one new attacking player this summer, as they simply have to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal tally.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for Alvaro Morata, and now, another name has been thrown into the ring.
It is that of Neymar, the FC Barcelona stalwart who is part of that deadly ‘MSN’ trio at the Camp Nou, alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Now, Diario Gol state that Neymar is ‘strongly spoken’ about in United’s offices. Before adding that Mourinho sees him as a player with even more potential than Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Neymar Jr. is spoken strongly in United’s offices. Mourinho’s logic dictates that the Brazilian is younger, with more potential and even more media coverage than Cristiano Ronaldo,” Diario Gol reports.
“Away from the shadow of Messi, he could play at the level that many times he has shown for Brazil. If they want to sign him, United would have to offer €200m. An affordable amount for the club that paid a world record fee for Paul Pogba.”
This is certainly interesting, but the fact that Manchester United would have to cough up €200m (£175m) to sign him probably means that any potential deal is very unlikely to happen. That’s almost double what the Red Devils forked out to land Paul Pogba, and although Neymar is a brilliant player, I personally don’t see it happening.
On top of that, you have to remember that FC Barcelona are one of the best club sides in world football right now, and their recent successes far outweigh United’s whether we like it or not. I cannot imagine Neymar wanting to leave at this point in time, but perhaps we could see him donning our famous jersey in the future…