With Manchester United being both cash rich and trophy hungry, it is little wonder they have been linked with some of the biggest names in world football recently, including Neymar.
Whilst the sum of £240 million pounds has been touted around by the popular press, it should be no surprise to supporters that the club have a war chest capable of taking on any club in Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Signing Neymar is a move that would shake the world of football and show the club's real intent - which is ultimately to cash in on both their worldwide fan base and commercial brand value - reported to be over $1.2 billion.
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Sources close to the club have confirmed that Manchester United's board, under the direct supervision of the Glazer family, have been instructed in no uncertain terms to lay down a marker that shows a long term committment to developing the most successful football club - on and off the field.
Neymar is a genuine target, based on two key factors, the first being his age and the second, his indirect ability to attract more superstars to the club.
Neymar is still an emerging talent, with his best years ahead of him and it is clear the club want to develop a team that competes in all competitions over the next 10 years, which co-incidentally ties into the biggest sponsorship deal in their history, with Adidas.
Sources confirm that all stake holders in the club understand the importance of maximising commercial opportunities through the fanbase over the next 10 years, with more sponsorships and commercial tie-ins on the way, subject to the club showing intent and ambition on the pitch.The Glazer family are in no doubt whatsoever that the club must match it's ambition in the board room with results on the pitch to maximise commercial revenue.
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