United To Challenge Real Madrid For Brazilian
Manchester United will launch a bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar if the Brazilian is determined to leave this summer.
Speculation is rife over Neymar’s future with reports suggesting for much of the season that he will be off to Real Madrid at the end of this campaign. But the Sunday Mirror claims today that United will challenge the La Liga side for his signature.
United were interested in Neymar when he was with Barcelona. In 2015, amidst rumours that he wasn’t happy at the Nou Camp, they were prepared to pay his then release fee of €198million. But Neymar decided to stay put. United’s offer remained on the table in 2016, but there was always the threat of a rival bid from PSG. The French club paid €222million – a world record fee and the equivalent of £198million – in August 2017.
But Neymar is believed to be unhappy in the French capital. That’s despite an impressive performance on the field this season. He scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions before his campaign was curtailed through injury.
Neymar earns around €37million a year in Paris – the equivalent of almost £33million or over £600,000 a week. United could easily match those wages.
Jose Mourinho suggested after he signed Alexis Sanchez at the end of January that he wouldn’t be looking to buy any forwards this summer. But Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – who has been the driving force behind the club’s efforts to sign Neymar in the past – is a big admirer of the Brazilian. He is also well aware of Neymar’s commercial pulling power although a large chunk of the revenues generated from increased shirt sales and sponsorship would go to the striker.
Real Madrid are still in pole position although PSG have earned a reputation in the past for only selling players when it suits the club and not the player.