Brazilian Wants PSG Exit
Manchester United are being linked with a move for Neymar with reports claiming he has ‘offered himself’ to the Premier League side.
United were linked with the Brazilian three years ago when Neymar was with Barcelona, but the move faltered when he signed a new contract with the Catalan side. He left for Paris Saint-Germain the following year in a world-record £198 million transfer deal; however, he is now looking to move away from the French club.
Barcelona are interested in re-signing the 27-year-old, but an opening bid of £40 million in cash plus midfielders Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho has already been rejected by PSG. Real Madrid are unlikely to make a bid so Neymar’s options are already narrowing.
Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo claims United, Juventus and Bayern Munich are all interested in the Brazilian. Neymar finds himself in a similar situation to the one he was in at Barcelona: playing second fiddle to another player – in this case Kylian Mbappe.
But reports claim United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League could adversely affect their chances of signing the forward.
Meanwhile, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel claims Neymar has wanted to leave since the end of last season:
“I knew that he wanted to go before the Copa America, but it’s a topic between the club and Neymar,” Tuchel told French radio station RMC on Tuesday night.
“It’s all clear between us, now it’s up to the club and Neymar. We work together, it’s something between the club and him.”
Neymar is also believed to have sent a text to PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi saying he wanted “to return home” -meaning Barcelona. However, the signing of Antoine Griezmann for £108 million has pretty much ruled that out.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is still a transfer target for Real Madrid and the La Liga side are looking to offload players in order to put in a bid.
Los Blancos are looking to offload James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and at least three other players to raise the funds for a bid for Pogba. United are looking for £180 million for the Frenchman.