Manchester United and City in battle to sign Neymar - reports
Published 23/01/2016 | 11:20
Manchester United will do battle with Manchester City to sign Neymar, according to reports in Italy.
Gazzetta World claims both clubs are working hard to complete a deal for the Barcelona forward, who is increasingly open to a move.
The logic for Neymar wanting to move is supposedly that he's desperate to be the main man at a club (any club?) and after weeks of soul searching and long country walks, he's realised that won't happen at Barca.
Enter United, who can offer him main man status, as well as a lovely house in Cheshire, and thousands of adoring fans, who will much prefer him to the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young.
According to Gazzetta World, United have been locked in negotiations with Barcelona for the last few weeks and are willing to pay him whopping £15m a year.
Neymar currently earns just £6.7m at Barca, so this deal really could happen. Watch this space.
In othe Manchester United wanting to sign Galacticos news, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has said that Louis van Gaal is 'clearly' trying to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
“United, clearly, are interested in signing both players and while it would be hard to do a deal to sign Ronaldo and Bale in the same summer, it is very possible that one could move to Manchester United,” Calderon told ESPN FC. “Of course this is possible.”
Elsewhere, The Mail reports that Manchester United are planning to bid for Jack Butland if David de Gea leaves for Real Madrid.
The paper claims that United have drawn up a shortlist of keepers in case Real swoop for the Spaniard, and Butland is one of those topping the list.
United have been keeping tabs on Butland this season, and have been impressed by his outstanding displays between the sticks.
Last weekend, the Stoke keeper put in another excellent display in the 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal.