£140m Manchester United Transfer Bid For Neymar
Globoesporte claimed on Monday that United are willing to meet the 23-year-old’s €190million release clause in a deal that would make Neymar the most expensive footballer in history.
The Sun weighs in by suggesting a five-year deal could cost United £240million over five years – a £140million transfer fee plus £20million a year in wages. That’s the equivalent of £400,000 a week. Such a figure is speculative but not out of the question.
Rumours over the weekend suggested United are interested in Neymar. But his agent Wagner Ribeiro claimed that Barcelona would never consider a sale and the forward is happy at the Nou Camp. That was followed by a claim on Sunday that Neymar is keen on a move to United as he wants to play in the Premier League. However, that claim was countered by the suggestion he could use United’s interest to secure a big pay rise from Barcelona.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was in Barcelona last Monday for talks over the transfer of Pedro. However, he used his trip to the Nou Camp to lodge the bid for Neymar.
But while the transfer is unlikely to happen this summer it could be a distinct possibility in 2016. Barcelona wouldn’t be able to replace Neymar now as their transfer embargo runs to 31 December, but they are looking to boost a number of aspects of their squad and are being linked with a move next summer for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. They need the money.
United’s revenues have been given a boost by their £75million-a-year kit deal with Adidas and the three-year Premier League TV deal that runs from 2016 will boost their income even more. They are one of the few teams in the world that could bid £140million for Neymar and still live within their means. They may not land the Brazilian by the transfer deadline next Tuesday evening, but don’t rule out a move in 2016.
No Manchester United Moves For Bale, Cillessen
Speculation linking United with Bale has continued right up to last weekend when the Spanish league kicked off. However, Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez and club president Florentino Perez have no intention of parting with the Welshman and sees him as the club’s central striker this season.
Meanwhile, Ajax keeper Cillessen says he won’t be leaving the Dutch side and says that a Manchester United transfer has never been on the cards.
Cillessen has been tipped as a possible replacement for David De Gea but the whole situation surrounding the Spaniard means there hasn’t been any contact from United.
“As far as I know it has never been an item,” he told Dutch broadcaster NOS. “Neither the club or my agent never heard anything. For me, I will begin and end this season at Ajax.”
Ajax have already ruled out a move claiming that the recruitment of a replacement would be too expensive and that three keepers they had been targeting have all joined other clubs.