Manchester United are set to bid a world record fee for one of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, or Barcelona’s Neymar.
In a world exclusive, a report in The Sun claim that United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, used his much reported trip to Barcelona to sound out a potential move for Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar.
Initial reports in The Daily Mail claimed that Woodward’s trip to Barcelona was to wrap up a deal for Barcelona team-mate Pedro, but after that deal fell through and Pedro completed his move to Chelsea, questions have now been asked about Woodward’s motives for flying to Barcelona.
Neymar was one of Barcelona’s most influential figures last year, contributing a remarkable 43 goals in only 50 games for the Catalan club as they completed an unprecedented second treble in only 6 years.
United are still looking for a word-class forward, and with them also reportedly being interested in both Thomas Muller and Gareth Bale, if any deal were to take place it would almost certainly eclipse the £83 million paid for Gareth Bale by Real Madrid in 2013.
All three players would also fit into the category of marquee signing, something which United are keen to make in order show the world of football they are serious about returning to their winning ways, both domestically and in Europe.
Reports in The Daily Mail also seem to indicate that of the three, van Gaal favours a move for Real Madrid’s Bale, but with manager Rafa Benitez having recently stated that the winger is not for sale at any price, Woodward seems to feel a move for either Neymar or Muller is more achievable.