Manchester United’s reported interest in FC Barcelona striker Neymar has been re-kindled by fresh reports from Spain on Thursday.
Spanish radio station COPE.es have quoted Neymar’s father saying Man United were the club who had offered the staggering amount for the Brazilian.
He said: “Manchester United is the side that offered €190m for Neymar. He has still two years left on his contract but you all [the media] can be calm as my son is so happy here.”
€190m? The world truly has gone mad when anybody offers that sort of money for a player. It would smash United’s current transfer record of £59.7m which we paid for Angel di Maria last summer and set a horrible precedent in the world of football which would see prices inflate out of control.
As much as Neymar is a world class player who would improve any team, it’s about time United, and Ed Woodward, looked elsewhere and stopped trying to sign unattainable players which teams don’t want to sell. Why would Barcelona want to break up the world’s best attacking trio in Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar?
Even if it is true United did offer that money for Neymar, release clauses are different in Spain and teams aren’t obliged to accept them. We can’t afford to waste any more time in the market chasing shadows like we have done in recent years.