While he may not have landed his fourth target this summer, Jose Mourinho will be ecstatic with how two of his three new signings performed on Sunday when a rampant Manchester United defeated West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford.
Fans and pundits were full of praise for Nemanja Matic, with many still scratching their heads as to why Chelsea agreed to sell him to a Premier League rival, while a brace from Romelu Lukaku eased fans’ worries in the goal scoring department for the season to come.
If the Old Trafford side manages to perform to that level throughout the season, then Mourinho’s second-season record of winning a league title will remain alive, but you can be sure that the Red Devils will continue to be linked with players until the transfer window slams shut.
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While the Gareth Bale pursuit might be dead – for now at least – Ivan Perisic is a name that has been continually linked with a move to the red side of Manchester, but even that looks to be faltering now with Inter Milan determined to keep the Croatian international.
Rio Ferdinand has taken to his official YouTube channel and has admitted there’s on transfer he would have loved to have seen Mourinho complete in the summer – Neymar.
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Paris Saint-Germain shattered the transfer record this month, as they activated the €222 million release clause which saw him depart Barcelona for the French capital, even with reports claiming that United were interested last year.
Now, Ferdinand has claimed that his former club should have made a ‘dirty’ move for the 25-year-old and could have offered him the infamous number seven jersey as well.
According to Goal, he said: “Neymar’s up for £196 million…Man United are one of the richest clubs in the world.
“I would have loved to have seen him go to Manchester United. Neymar in a red Man United shirt? Number 7, woah, or number 11.
“Dirty, it would have been dirty, but it wasn’t to be.”
In this instance, dirty is a good thing.
While it’s a ridiculously high fee, Neymar is one of the most marketable players on the planet, so you’d assume that PSG would be able to make a good chunk of that high sum back relatively soon.
However, their shirt sales aren’t too impressive, especially when you compare it to United and the latter would have had no problem in spending the £196 million and then making it back relatively quickly.
Rio, like the rest of us, will now have to get used to watching Neymar doing bits in Ligue 1.
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