Neymar to Man Utd transfer: PSG will ‘listen to offers’ & impact of takeover on potential deal
The latest surrounding Neymar and the speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.
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Manchester United have been linked with a sensational transfer for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar.
The 31-year-old has spent six years in the French capital but PSG are reportedly willing to sell the world’s most-expensive player. According to L’Equipe, a number of Premier League clubs are interested in signing the Brazilian with United the most advanced in the negotiations.
The Red Devils would reportedly prefer a loan move for Neymar, while Casemiro is said to have encouraged his employers to try and lure his international team-mate to Old Trafford. The player is also set to have discussions with PSG in the coming weeks in regards to his future at the club.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports claim United have been approached by intermediaries about a potential move for Neymar, with the Red Devils ‘one of a number of clubs who have been contacted’. However, the outlet add the ex-Barcelona forward is ‘not currently a United target’ with it difficult to imagine the club being able to afford his transfer fee and wages.
“Hypothetically the Qataris could buy Manchester United and then they move Neymar from PSG to Man Utd to become the face of the new ownership of the club,” Sky Sports report, but also state that financial fair play makes a deal unlikely.
Several reporters have reported something similar, with French journalist Julien Laurens writing on Twitter that there is ‘no truth’ to the Neymar reports. Mark Ogden of ESPN also tweeted: “Manchester United aren’t pursuing a deal for Neymar. Not the current regime anyway.”
It is difficult to imagine Neymar adapting to life under disciplinarian Erik ten Hag at United, while there isn’t an obvious position for the attacker in the team. Neymar prefers to operate from the left wing, a role currently occupied by Marcus Rashford, who, at 25, represents a more long-term solution for United. The player’s injury record is also a concern and the Brazil international hasn’t played since February following ankle surgery.
During his six years in Paris, Neymar has played 173 matches and registered 118 goals, while he’s on the verge of winning a fifth Ligue 1 title. Neymar has also scored 77 goals from 124 international caps.