Manchester United stunned by reports linking them with Barcelona's Neymar

Published 5 Comments

Football News

Before Neymar signed a new five-year deal with Barcelona in July, there had been much speculation surrounding the Brazil international's future at the Camp Nou, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested.

The Ligue 1 giants lost star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer this summer, after the Swede let his contract run down, and have been pursuing a world class forward all summer, with Neymar understood to have been their primary target.

PSG's deputy sporting director, Olivier Letang, was believed to have flown to Brazil back in June, to meet the Barcelona star's representatives and discuss a move for the player, which would have reportedly been worth a mouthwatering £650,000-a-week to the Brazilian.


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article:

But while the Ligue 1 champions were ultimately defeated in their pursuit of Neymar, who signed a deal to keep him at Barcelona until 2021, reports surfaced that United were also ready to match PSG's colossal offer.

But, according to The Mirror, Manchester United have been "stunned" by claims that they were willing to match the Ligue 1 giant's offer, in order to land the former Santos star, who has been prolific during his three years at Barcelona, so far.

The Red Devils have backed their new boss, Jose Mourinho, heavily since his arrival at Old Trafford this summer, in particular, with the world-record signing of Juventus' Paul Pogba. However, it is understood that claims United were ready to match PSG's offers were, in fact, false.

No England interest

Neymar had reportedly used both United and PSG's interest in order to earn himself a new bumper deal at Barcelona that would rival that of teammate Lionel Messi, while it is believed that the Brazilian had no interest in a move to England.

But a PSG source has contradicted claims that they were prepared to break the bank in order to sign the Brazil international.

"With employer contributions on top, that salary would have cost more than €60m a year. It's obscene. Neymar used us to strengthen his hand with Barcelona." an unnamed PSG source said, as reported by ESPN.

World-record offer

United were again ready to pay a world-record fee for the forward, which would have completely surpassed the £89 million they paid for Pogba this summer, while PSG were ready to offer as much as €190 million.

But Neymar's new deal has seen his value rocket even further; now currently with a €200 million release clause after his first year, going up to €222 million in the second, and up to as much as €250 million by 2019.

Would Neymar be worth £650,000-a-week? Give your opinion in the comment box below.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

La Liga
Luis Suarez
Lionel Messi
Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again