Chelsea & Manchester United warned against £85m Samba superstar bid
Chelsea & Manchester United transfer news: Neymar not ready for Premier League, claims Pele
Chelsea and Manchester United have been warned off making a bid for Neymar by Brazilian football legend Pele.
Regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, Pele has previously stated that Neymar could be the greatest player in the world, although the general feeling is that he must move to Europe to achieve such an accolade.
And the former Santos star believes his 20-year-old compatriot could go to Spain in the future, but that his physical nature is not up to the standards required for the English Premier League.
"I disagree that Neymar should leave for Europe now,” he told Fox Sports.
"Last year Neymar's agent spoke to his father, because he had an offer to go to England. When I found out I went to see them and told them it wasn't the right time to make the leap into English football, because it's very tough and Neymar, who is an excellent player, isn't physically up to it."
Pele is referring to the summer of 2011, when it was reported that Santos had accepted a bid from Chelsea for the player.
The Blues have been heavily linked with Neymar on a number of occasions since, although recent reports suggested manager Roberto Di Matteo could lose out to Paris Saint-Germain in the race for the player as the Ligue 1 giants prepare an £85 million bid.
Chelsea playmaker Oscar revealed in August that he would try and persuade the player to make a move to Stamford Bridge, and if Neymar were to move to west London, he’d be joining compatriot David Luiz too.
Manchester United were reported to have made a £38 million offer for the player on deadline day this summer, although the reports were strenuously denied by club officials days later.
However, the Red Devils continue to be linked with a move to bring the 23-cap international to Old Trafford, and Sir Alex Ferguson has shown in the past that he’s not afraid to bring South American players to the club.
Rafael Da Silva is part of the Manchester United first team, whilst brother Fabio Da Silva is currently out on loan at QPR. Anderson is another Brazilian plying his trade at the club.
However, the remarks from Pele suggest both Premier League clubs are set to miss out on the player.