Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation over a move to bring Barcelona forward Neymar to Manchester United.
The Old Trafford club were linked with a £173 million move for Neymar earlier in the week but Mourinho claimed it would be impossible to sign him and likened it to trying to break into a safe.
He’s been continuously linked with a move to the Premier League but bringing him to England would be a massive job and Mourinho claims he would never even burden the club with such an unrealistic task.
Speaking about reported interest, Mourinho was quick to rubbish recent reports.
“It’s speculation, I always try to be objective and pragmatic with clubs and to ask them what they can give me,” he said. “To ask for Neymar is absurd.
“A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar. Although [Lionel] Messi is still a young player with years ahead of him, he’s almost 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona post-Messi. So much that I think it [trying to sign Neymar] is like trying to break into a safe, impossible.”
Man United have been linked with massive figures since the Portuguese boss took over, especially after he signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly in his first summer at the club, making it look easy as he didn’t even have Champions League football to offer.
While a deal for Neymar may not work, it’s good to know he’s trying to sign targets that have a chance of leaving their current clubs rather than just chasing big names.