The two Premier League clubs that chased Neymar earlier in the summer [Mail]

  • Kobe Tong

It’s been a pretty crazy transfer window so far this summer, let’s not kid ourselves.

When Jordan Pickford is moving for £30 million and Romelu Lukaku for £75 million, you know it’s been both an eventful and expensive month and a half.

For Premier League fans in particular, it’s been an exciting few weeks – unless you are a Tottenham supporter, of course. After Spurs, Liverpool have spent the least out of the top seven but even they have shattered their transfer record already. Incredible stuff.

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All that considered you would think nothing could incite surprise anymore. That is, until rumours of a £200 million move for Neymar erupt in Brazil.

Quite incredibly, GloboEsporte, are reporting that the forward has told close friends that he will be moving to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. Such reports have emerged amid rumours PSG are willing to foot Neymar’s mindblowing release clause.

After all, it would see the previous transfer record – £89 million for Paul Pogba – not only obliterated but doubled. Nevertheless, just to confuse the matter, the 25-year-old has been giving media the silent treatment.

It’s nothing short of a war of words and evidence. Neymar has documented his pre-season travels with Barcelona on SnapChat yet Dani Alves is believed to be persuading him into a French switch.

You could go on for even longer: compiling reports, rumours and similar. But for a move so seemingly lucrative, it appears both bizarrely and scarily possible.

Naturally, when a player of Neymar’s caliber is even vaguely linked with an exit, there are no shortage of potential suitors. This was exactly the case this summer and only now have PSG emerged as the only realistic recipients.

According to the Daily Mail, both Manchester United and Chelsea were pursuing the 25-year-old at the start of the summer.

Unsurprisingly, it was the dizzying asking price of £195 million that proved the deal breaker but both sides were interested, nevertheless.

United fans can take great pleasure in the ambition of their club under Jose Mourinho. Their interest and moves for Neymar and Antoine Griezmann, albeit fruitless, show the Red Devils are rivaling some of the biggest clubs in the transfer window once again.

As for Chelsea, Neymar would have been quite the replacement for the want-away Diego Costa. However, their move for Alvaro Morata means the Blues have still been able to steal a forward from an El Clasico club.

If nothing else, it should go to show that the pulling power of the Premier League remains even if the top clubs cannot financially rival PSG and China.

Neymar’s future has become an unexpected figment of interest and, if any deal were to happen, would earmark an already eventful window. What is for sure, though, any exit would break as many records as it did Barca hearts.

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