Premier League Interest In Neymar
Manchester United and Manchester City have both had talks with Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar over a move to the Premier League.
The Brazilian is being linked with a move away from the French side after just one season with Real Madrid said to be eyeing up a deal.
But the Spanish website Don Balon claims both Mancunian clubs are interested in Neymar. United were linked with the Brazilian in 2015 when it emerged that they were prepared to pay his then release fee with Barcelona of €196million in 2015. The offer remained on the table in 2016. However, he signed a new deal with the Catalan side only to move to PSG for a world-record fee of €222million (£198million).
Jose Mourinho was interested in Neymar even before the move to Paris Saint-Germain in August. The United boss spoke to the striker on a number of occasions before the move went through.
“He had a lot of conversations with the player, telling him he wanted to bring him from Barcelona to the Premier League – and Neymar encouraged that,” journalist Duncan Castles told The Transfer Window Podcast.
“I’m sure the interest remains.”
But there has always been a reticence on Neymar’s part to entertain any kind of move to the Premier League. Real Madrid are being linked and PSG will be keen to hang on to a player who enjoyed a good season on the field for the French club. He scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions before his season was cut short by injury. But his €37million-a-year wages have caused friction with some of his PSG team-mates as have the reports of a lax disciplinary regime towards the Brazilian.
Real are more likely to put in a bid for Neymar in the summer of 2019 rather than this summer. PSG have won a reputation as a club whose players leave when the club decides and not the player and chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi is likely to dig in his heels over any move.
As for any successful bid from Manchester United or Manchester City looks unlikely.