Manchester United have made a £140million bid for Neymar - reports
Published 24/08/2015 | 22:53
Manchester United are ready to part with £140million to land Neymar with reports from the player's native Brazil suggesting the Old Trafford club have tabled a bid for the Barcelona striker.
It emerged over the weekend that United had been linked with the Brazil international and it has since been reported by the Guardian that the 23-year-old is "open" to a move to Old Trafford.
According to the Guardian report, the Brazil international would be interested in joining United where he would expect to become first-choice striker, rather than playing second, or maybe even third, fiddle to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona.
GloboEsporte has claimed that United have made a bid of £140million and that that amount will be enough to trigger Neymar's release clause.
Following their opening game of the season against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday Luis Enrique, the Barca manager, refused to comment on the rumours surrounding the player.
“Talking about Neymar and other clubs doesn't interest me,” Enrique said. “I don't talk about rumours. I focus on what happens in my team.”
United counterpart Van Gaal, too, appeared vague while questioned over the possibility of signing the Brazilian, saying he had "a lot of options" up front.
"I have chosen Chicharito [Javier Hernandez], because he is another type from [Wayne] Rooney, and we have also [Marouane] Fellaini, who is another type, then I have [James] Wilson and [Adnan] Januzaj, so I don't think we need a striker."
However, the Dutchman refused to completely rule out a move for the player once tipped to become the world's greatest striker.
"If he is the best striker in the world then, yes, we need him, but if he cannot contribute in our eyes, then we won't buy any striker. But when he does, we shall buy."