Saturday 24 March 2018

Neymar 'open' to Manchester United move as Van Gaal admits he is only interested in 'world class' striker

Neymar is 'open' to a move to Manchester United
Neymar is 'open' to a move to Manchester United

After being linked with an audacious big-money move for Neymar, the Barcelona striker, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested that he is not in the market for a new striker this summer. Not unless "he is the best striker in the world".

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.

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."

Read more: Luis Enrique refuses to comment on Neymar to Manchester United reports

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