Barcelona superstar Neymar has been considering a move to Manchester United for the last few months, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
The Red Devils made an audacious move to sign Neymar in the summer transfer window with Spanish newspaper Sport claiming they were ready to meet his £139million release clause.
A deal never materialised though and the Brazil international has been busy increasing his reputation at the Nou Camp, scoring eight goals in eight La Liga matches.
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But despite flourishing in Spain, Neymar is still considering his future. His main concern is the continued presence of Lionel Messi. The Argentinian is injured at the moment, but he remains the main man in Catalonia.
Neymar, 23, believe that Messi, who himself is 28, will continue to be the star of the show for many years to come and, according to Balague, the feeling from his camp is that he may have to leave to become the world's best player.
Considering a move
He told the talkSPORT: “Neymar feels if he stays there [Barcelona] he won’t be the number one in the world.
“He has placed himself in the equation [a move to Manchester United] for the last few months.
“Neymar is actually thinking ‘what can I do next?’ because Messi is 28 and he’ll be there for a few more years so Neymar will not be allowed to grow.”
But he may face a crossroads sooner rather than later with Barcelona believed to be preparing a staggering £500,000-a-week contract offer that will see him become the third highest paid player in the world.
The deal is also likely to see his release clause rise significantly, possibly taking it to a level close to that of Messi's (£180m). While Manchester United have plenty of money to blow, even a deal of that size may put Ed Woodward off.