Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, has been given the go-ahead to launch an “all-out offensive” to take Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, better known as Neymar. The 24-year-old Barcelona and Brazil international star may be headed to Old Trafford, if recent rumors are believable.
Confirmed reports indicate that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that Neymar will sign a contract extension with the Catalan club “in the next few days,”
Photo L-R: Jose Mourinho, Manager & Ed Woodward, Executive vice-chairman of Manchester United F.C.
United had/has been eyeing Neymar since the early days of Louis Van Gaal. Jose Mourinho appears to be more serious than his predecessor and the United board also appears to be playing ball in this regard. However, according to Mundo Deportivo (via Sam Morgan in the Sun) Mourinho has been given the go-ahead to launch an “all-out offensive” to land the Brazilian footballer; and United is hoping to lodge a bid that will “stall” contract negotiations.
United have been linked with the Brazilian superstar for some time and were reportedly in talks last summer over a move for the player, per Shaun Custis in the Sun.
Old Trafford will have to be prepared to make a huge outlay of cash if they are to land Neymar. His current contract with Barcelona still has two years left to run, and his release clause is set at €193 million (£160 million), per L’Equipe (via Mark Rodden on ESPN FC).
If Neymar signs a new contract with Barca, then United’s chances of snapping him up will effectively be dead on arrival (DOA).
Sport Witness speculated that the emergence of the latest United link could simply be Catalan media preparing for Neymar signing a new deal in order to say he showed great loyalty in turning down huge offers from clubs like Manchester United.
Whether Neymar moves to Old Trafford or not, United will be ready for next Premier League season . . .
Up Man U!