Manchester United’s initial approach for Neymar will be swiftly rejected by Barcelona not just because of their unwillingness to let the world-class forward leave the club, but also because of the Catalan club’s current transfer ban.
Having already sold Pedro to Chelsea, Barcelona now sport even fewer high-calibre attacking options and will be unprepared to let another of their forwards leave whilst still unable to bring in a replacement, let alone someone of Neymar's class.
The Catalan giants are currently unable to sign players until January 2016 as a result of breaching rules governing the purchase of international players under the age of 18.
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This means, despite having already completed the signings of Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal for a combined fee of almost £39 million (excluding add-ons), any players bought by Barcelona are unavailable for registration until the beginning of next year.
Due to this, as well as Neymar’s obvious worth to the team, Barcelona will quickly stifle any enquiry into the Brazil captain's availability from Manchester United or any other team.
Reports as per the Independent, however, claim that like all players in Spain, Neymar’s contract contains a release clause that currently stands at £140 million - a fee that United are seemingly both able and willing to meet.
A key part of a team that secured an historic treble last season, Neymar scored a remarkable 43 goals in only 50 games for the Catalan outfit - a return bested only by Lionel Messi’s 58 goals in 57 appearances, and Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s 61 goals in 54 appearances.
Neymar fits into the category of world-class, then, and given United's current woes in front of goal would be a solution to scoring more goals, though it seems unlikely that any move, no matter Neymar's prerogative, will materialise.