Reports over the weekend suggested that the Brazilian superstar Neymar may not be totally against a move to Old Trafford. Apologies, that probably should’ve read “reports”; inverted comments are very much a requirement when it comes to this particular story.
Let’s look at the facts. Manchester United really do need a striker, as has been well documented throughout the transfer window. And Van Gaal has been quoted as saying that only a world class striker would improve his squad (talk about stating the obvious) and there can be no doubt that the Barcelona man fits the bill in that department.
So if you’re still following, that equates to two facts.
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However, it must’ve been a slow news day for the Red Tops when they appeared to concoct this yarn about Man United making a “discreet approach” to the La Liga side.
There has been absolutely nothing that’s come even close to being concrete on the credentials of this story and yet, when the Nou Camp boss Luis Enrique was asked about it, his response had the reporters looking at a huge mountain when, in reality, there was nothing to see but an average-sized mole-hill.
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“It doesn’t interest me to talk about rumours, nor these types of situations. I only want to focus on what’s happened to my team”, was Enrique’s glib response. In other words, he can’t be bothered concerning himself with such trivial questions when he has a team to prepare for an important La Liga fixture.
But you’ve just got to love the speculation! Jim White – complete with glow-in-the-dark gnashers - wouldn’t be where he is today without Transfer Deadline Day and the excitement reaches fever pitch come the end of the window, this year being the 1 September. And “Neymar to Man United?” keeps the chins wagging and the wolves from the Sports writers’ doors.
You have to laugh though. Neymar himself is currently plying his trade with arguably the best club side in the world, alongside arguably the best player in the world. He earns an absolute fortune every week, even if he contracts the mumps and has to sit it out. He lives in a climate that we Brits can only dream of living in.
And yet here is a story that would have him swap all that for a crack at the Premier League, playing for a team that is far from its world-renowned best, with little chance of contending for the title, currently at least. He’d be playing in a league that he has no practical knowledge of and he’d be learning phrases containing the words “brass monkeys” and no doubt using them on a regular basis throughout the months of October to March.
And still…maybe it could happen one day. Had the headline been “Neymar to Chelsea?” or “Neymar to Man City?” you have to say it would be a little easier to swallow. And that in itself will be a bitter pill for any Red Devils fans out there, but it’s the truth. However, even then, the whole notion would have to be taken with a Jeff Capes pinch of salt.
Neymar won’t leave Barcelona for the Premier League, not now and perhaps not ever. But you just never know for sure; the pull of the PL has proven to be like a fly to the spider and if you asked a thousand different experts and pundits across Europe what the best league is, you may find that the unbiased conclusion would be the Premier League, by a hair. And that is why English teams can attract the best players.
Here’s hoping that Neymar does take the plunge and decides to test himself on British soil. He’d certainly be welcomed with open arms…particularly the arms of the Sports writers.
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