Neymar Jr is dominating football headlines all over the world. The Brazilian super forward is likely to swap his current side Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain. If the £198 million move goes through, it will become the most expensive football transfer of all time.
Reports in major media sources have continuously linked the superstar to PSG but surprisingly there hasn’t been any admission from the French giants who are lauded to execute the transfer of the decade. The exorbitant fee involved in the move slashes the odds for many English football riches that were in the race for the marquee player.
The transfer has certainly raised several questions from football fans and pundits around the world, majority of them centred on why would a player leave a relatively successful club like Barcelona for a team that hasn’t once won the Champions League and why are the English clubs not competing. Specifically Manchester United. But who confirmed they aren’t?
United were among the first few clubs to move for Neymar last summer. The Europa League winners were ready to splash in cash to bring the Barcelona forward to Old Trafford in a world record move. Jose Mourinho has been an admirer of the 25-year-old and wanted the player to replace the declining Wayne Rooney.
If there is one club other than PSG which can pull off the insane transfer, it has to be Manchester United. They recently overtook Real Madrid to become the most valuable club in the world despite spending huge on transfers in the last couple of seasons. The Red Devils have been strong in intent when it comes to transfers. Paul Pogba was brought back to Old Trafford for a world record fee of £85 million. No one would have backed United to pull off the insane transfer but the club’s vice president Ed Woodward did the impossible. For those who thought it was a lot of money, the English cub earned £79 million alone from the jersey right and sales of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba which almost neutralized the biggest monetary football transfer. So it won’t be a big deal for United to spend the £198 million on Neymar, considering he will bring assured goals, trophies and large t-shirts sales along with brand endorsements making it a worthy spend.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku was another classic example of Manchester United’s strong fare in the football transfer market. The striker was all along linked with a move back to his old club Chelsea, but thanks to Woodward and Pogba the big Belgian is plying his trade in United colours. Neymar, not to forget, has been similarly been linked with PSG all along but who knows, United might do a Romelu Lukaku once again stealing the player from the mouth of the club.
For instance, even Victor Lindelof was always backed to stay at his old club Benfica. The centre back himself had admitted before moving that he was committed with the Portuguese side and not looking out. Two months from the day, Lindelof was unveiled as a United player.
Manchester United teamed with Jose Mourinho is a force to reckon with in the transfer market. They have the money and a squad which is young and passionate. Neymar who does not want to shadow Messi anymore and want to lead an attack himself would perfectly fit in at the Theatre of Dreams.
If PSG influence was not so high, an Instagram post by the man himself could have been a hint that the Barca star is on his way to United and not PSG. After a pre season friendly against the Red Devils, Neymar posted a picture on Instagram with Paul Pogba, captioning it: With my bro @paulpogba #PogDance ???? DAB
Well, remeber Lukaku? The striker was pictured with agent P on Instagram before signing for United.
Beyond all that several reports in English media claimed that Neymar had agreed terms with United manager Jose Mourinho and a transfer was on table. Spanish Outlet Don Balon says that the player might still end up at Manchester United further down the line. So if a move is imminent in future, why not now?
According to the Spanish media outlet Neymar has set his sight on a Ballon d’Or two three years down the line with a Europen heavyweight and United seems to be the perfect team for him.
The desire could work in United’s favour, they are known as an ambitious club with glorious past and bright future and are also financially acclaimed to land any hot shot football talent. Players admire the Europa League winners, some of them are even childhood fans of the most successful club in English football.
If all that is not enough, on financial terms too United are the only club other than PSG which can trigger the huge release clause set by Barcelona for their star forward. Some would argue why not Manchester City? But Pep Guardiola’s transfer expenditure of more than £200 million this summer makes it highly unlikely for them to make it happen.
The market is open and so is the player, Barcelona has not once mentioned PSG in their official announcements, and have left the door open for all other capable clubs to fetch the player. We will have to wait and see who lands the most expensive footballer of all time.