Manchester United have so far been one of the most active clubs in the transfer market. Having already made some world class signings in Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin, the Red Devils are intent on making more.
Almost every other player is being linked with United at the moment. Pedro, the former Barcelona and now Chelsea player was thought to be close to a move to Manchester.
The latest news that has emerged out of media reports is that Louis van Gaal is considering a move for the Brazilian captain Neymar. If that happens, it would prove to be a remarkable coup for the Dutchman as Neymar is a player of the highest pedigree and will certainly solve the striking problem for United.
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Realistically, such a move can be very well ruled out. After all, Neymar had an extraordinary 2014-15 season which saw the Catalan club secure a record breaking second treble.
The Brazilian sensation formed a part of the lethal MSN trio that devastated almost every opposition on their path to glory. Personally, he seems to be happy in Barcelona.
Manchester United, on the other hand, were absent in the UEFA Champions League last term. This season they are on course to qualify for the group stages but it seems they are not yet ready to face the European heavyweights.
Barring Pedro, Barcelona have almost the same squad that dominated last season. Come new year and they will have Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal to play for them. Neymar will no doubt look forward to work with his present club and add to his expanding trophy haul.
DEPAY'S DEVELOPMENT WILL NOT HAPPEN
Neymar generally operates as a left winger for both Barcelona and Brazil. His addition to the United squad will only hinder the progress of their new signing Memphis Depay.
The Dutch player is already showing a lot of promise in the few matches he has played for the Red Devils. He has already proved himself in the Eredevisie and as such has all the necessary attributes to become a Manchester United great.
WORLD RECORD TRANSFER FEE
If their pursuit for Neymar should bear any fruit, United must be ready to splash the cash. They might be even required to break the world record transfer fee in order to capture him, such is the quality of the Brazilian.
Having already splurged enough cash to bring in players, United may be ready to make their blockbuster signing. However, their record bids for Welsh winger Gareth Bale had failed previously and it might also be the case this time.
HEIR TO MESSI'S THRONE
Lionel Messi is the undisputed number one in Barcelona that every player looks up to. Apparently, Neymar is considered by many experts as the heir to the Argentine. He is learning a lot from Messi and is improving as a player day by day.
So, Barcelona value him for the success that he will bring to the club in future. They are less interested in making money out of their future talisman and more concerned about the club's growth.
Besides being an excellent player, Neymar is quite a marketable athlete. With an expanding global image, the club hierarchy at Barcelona will surely not let him leave.
So, Manchester United must opt for some more viable options if they are to really manage a blockbuster signing. As for Neymar, he is happy in Barcelona and will undoubtedly remain there for a long time.