“Those are just rumours and what people write but there is nothing to it”, Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio, according to Sky Sports. Neymar’s new clause would bring him in line with Lionel Messi, while his wages would encroach on the Argentine’s £14.6m-per-year. “He must stay here, not just three years, but five or 10 years”. The South Korean worldwide was left out of Bayer’s team for their Champions League play-off on Wednesday and the club’s sporting director confirmed the two sides were having discussions about the player, but insisted they will only do a deal “under our conditions”. “He is young and we want him to retire here at our club”. United want him to be the global face of the club (The Sun).
“Over the next months we will talk about a new contract for Neymar”.
Everton appear resigned to the fact that John Stones will end up at Chelsea and have targeted Tottenham Hotspur defender Fazio as his replacement. The Daily Mail says a £5m bid is on the cards.
Widespread reports have claimed that Man United are willing to smash their transfer record by nearly double its previous mark by offering €190m to Barcelona for Neymar.
United chief Ed Woodward travelled to Barcelona last week to pursue a deal for Spain winger Pedro, only to be gazumped at the last by Chelsea.
Indeed, GloboEsporte hears from Neymar’s agent Wágner Ribeiro who “afirmou não ter sido procurado e que tudo não passa de factoide por conta da proximidade do fim da janela de transferências na Europa, no próximo dia 31”.
Neymar enjoyed a successful 2014/15 season, scoring 29 goals as Barcelona won a historic treble.
With the Red Devils needing a potent force in front of the goal, Neymar certainly fits the bill, but it seems like a long way before it comes to fruition as he is enjoying his trade at Camp Nou.
Might this story of a move to Old Tafford be a ploy – Neymar reminds Barcelona of his worth and engineers a pay rise?