Neymar In Fresh Manchester United Link
Manchester United are being linked yet again with Barcelona superstar Neymar, but the Red Devils could face competition from local rivals Manchester City.
Neymar has been advised by his father to join Manchester United in a bid to escape from the shadow of Lionel Messi. That’s according to reports from Spain.
However, the Sunday Express claims United and City will battle it out in a £100million transfer battle.
But if United, City, or anyone else, for that matter, want to buy Neymar, they are going to have to pay a whole lot more than £100million. United were being linked both last summer and in 2015 with a bid for the Brazil international. They were then prepared to pay his release clause which at that time stood at €190million. The exchange rates then in force made that the equivalent of over £140million.
Neymar put pen to paper on a new deal with Barcelona last summer. That saw his release fee rise to €200million – currently worth £172million. From 1 July it increases again to €220million (£189million).
Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked. Indeed they seemed to be closer than United to any kind of deal.
But Neymar enjoys life in Barcelona, even if it means playing in Messi’s shadow. The climate in Manchester or Paris – or even Madrid where the winters are much colder than in north-eastern Spain – is similar to that in Brazil. He enjoys the lifestyle there.
A move anywhere for Neymar would be a huge surprise.
Shaw For Walker?
The same outlet – the Express – claims United could use Luke Shaw in a bid to sign Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Walker.
The 21-year-old Shaw has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho. Walker is at loggerheads with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. But Manchester City look to be further advanced in their bid to sign Walker. If he goes anywhere this summer it will be to the Etihad.
United Join Bakayoko Race
Manchester United will challenge Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain for the Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
French radio station RMC claims the four clubs have all been tracking the 22-year-old and are ready to make a move this summer.
United’s interest was reported in March but Chelsea’s goes back earlier in the season and the west London club are believed to be further on in their negotiations. However, his home-town club PSG are favourites to secure his signature. That’s if he goes anywhere.
Bakayoko cost Monaco €8million when they signed him from Rennes in 2014. He is now valued at €40million (£34million).
A move by Manchester City for his Monaco team-mate Fabinho could scupper any exit for Bakayoko. Monaco are loath to part with two of their top players and may stand in the way of any exit.
Rooney Talks Must Wait Until Next Month
Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United future may not be settled until next month. The United skipper has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho and is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
The Mail On Sunday claims no meetings are planned until at least after the Europa League Final with Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday.
Everton and Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan are interested.
Rodriguez, Dybala on Manchester United Wishlist
Manchester United want to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala.
Don Balon in Spain claims United have the signing of Rodriguez in the bag. That’s despite there being some in the UK who believe that’s far from the case and that the Colombia international isn’t even close to the top of United’s wishlist.
Don Balon adds that United boss Jose Mourinho is also keen on Dybala. But while that may be true the chances of the Argentina international leaving Juve are slim.
No Talks Planned Over Mourinho Contract
United may axe plans to give Jose Mourinho a new deal. The Sunday Mirror claims that while the club’s hierarchy have no plans to sack the United boss, talks over a new deal will be shelved until after the Europa League Final.
Failure to beat Ajax on Wednesday will cost United £50million in lost revenues.
Mourinho was put on the same £15million-a-year wages as Pep Guardiola at Manchester City when he moved to Old Trafford last year. But while City will scrape into the Champions League – and could even need a play-off to get in to the group stages – United face gaining entry via the back-door.
A sixth-placed finish wasn’t how the Old Trafford top brass saw this season panning out. Mourinho may have to wait for talks over a new deal.
United Go Back To Neto
Manchester United are being linked once again with Sporting Braga striker Pedro Neto. The 17-year-old was given the once-over by United last year. However, he decided to spur interest from both United and Barcelona and instead signed a contract with Braga.
Neto scored on his debut for the Portugese league last weekend in a 4-0 victory over Nacional.
The Sun On Sunday claims United are interested once again after watching Neto in action for Braga’s B team. Barcelona are keen again as are Liverpool and Monaco.
However, Neto’s contract with Braga contains a release clause of €20million (£17million).