Neymar closer to Manchester United move than Real Madrid – report

by Alex Turk

Unhappy Paris-Saint Germain forward Neymar is reportedly closer to a move to Manchester United, rather than his former club Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid.

Neymar is thought to be dissatisfied with the standard of football in France and is looking for a way out as early as this summer once the World Cup in Russia has passed.

After arriving at the Parc des Princes for a world record fee of €222m from Barcelona last summer, Neymar has scored 28 goals and assisted 16 times in 30 games for the Ligue 1 champions this season.

However, the Express have quoted Spanish outlet Don Balon’s reports that it’s a two-horse race for Neymar’s signature between United and Real Madrid, and the former are in pole position to provide him with a getaway.

Don Balon unbelievably report that Real forward Cristiano Ronaldo is actually urging Neymar to join his former club in England over a return to Spain in a move which would surely spell the end for either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford; both players have already been affected by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.

Jose Mourinho reportedly sees key leadership qualities in Neymar and wants to add him to United’s already-impressive attacking repertoire as they look to close the gap on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City next season.

Neymar departing Paris-Saint Germain so soon is unlikely as it is, so suggestions of him linking up with Manchester United probably shouldn’t be believed at this stage.

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