Spanish football expert Gerry Armstrong believes that there is no possible way that Neymar will leave Barcelona this summer amidst speculation linking the Brazilian with a move to Manchester United.
Widespread reports have claimed that Man United are willing to smash their transfer record by almost double its previous mark by offering €190m to Barcelona for Neymar.
Having lost out to Pedro and in need of an attacking focal point to score goals, media outlets have seemingly plucked Neymar’s name from thin air and linked him with United.
Armstrong is having none of the reports and revealed how the Spanish football world are dealing with the rumours.
“The British papers may be claiming United are poised to offer a world record deal to sign Neymar from Barcelona but no one is taking the reports that seriously in Spain,” he said.
“I was at Barcelona last week and there is no way he or any other star is leaving. And when you hear the huge amounts needed it seems even more unlikely the two clubs will ever reach a deal.
“More importantly, Neymar is a key part of the Barca team and is seen by many as the future of the club. In fact they’ve said they want Neymar to retire at the club.
“There is also great camaraderie between Neymar, [Lionel] Messi and [Luis] Suarez which is why they scored an incredible 117 goals between them last season.”
The Neymar transfer speculation comes as Barcelona continue to be under the effects of a transfer ban. This means they can not replace Neymar and with Pedro already gone, it seems more than unlikely that they would let one of their star players leave.
Neymar, Suarez and Messi are devastating together and there is nothing to suggest that he would want to leave the club he joined two years ago. With less than one week left of the transfer window, it seems as though some newspapers are trying to capitalise on fans’ hopes that their team will buy a world-class player.