Manchester United have recently been linked with a staggering £173 million deal to bring Brazilian forward Neymar to Old Trafford in the summer.
The 25-year-old has scored 99 goals in just 176 games for Spanish giants Barcelona since moving to the Nou Camp, and has developed quite the partnership with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi to become football’s most devastating frontline.
But it seems like that front three could be broken up this summer, with Jose Mourinho’s United ready to match Neymar’s €200 million release clause in a bid to tempt him to Old Trafford.
With the Red Devils also reported to offer the Brazilian star a €25 million a year contract to move to England, there is a very real possibility that the 25-year-old could be playing his trade in the Premier League next season.
And speculation about Neymar’s future stimulated quite the response on social media, with Spanish journalist Guillem Balague stating that he does not expect the Barca forward to move this summer, news United fans took as the complete opposite given Balague’s past statements on transfers, notably that of Paul Pogba…
@GuillemBalague Done deal to united then
— Daniel Bjorbækmo (@Danjeel84) March 27, 2017
@GuillemBalague lol means he is coming to old Trafford
— Parikshit Rathi (@rathism730) March 27, 2017
@GuillemBalague playing for United in the Champions League Semi Final, am I right?
— Matt Dunn (@MDD_9) March 27, 2017
@GuillemBalague that means he will leave
— Will (@TheCityIsRED1) March 27, 2017
@GuillemBalague that's means he's coming
— Callum (@C7llum) March 28, 2017
Nonetheless, several United fans can’t see a deal for Neymar happening this summer…
if anyone believes we are going to sign neymar for 170 million you need to sit down and have a word with yourself #mufc
— Michael Aaron Plant (@MikePlanty) March 27, 2017
Reports saying United will meet Neymar's £173million release clause is not only the funniest thing ive heard but also the stupidest #MUFC
— Paul Bates (#MUFC) (@Paul_Bates__) March 27, 2017
— henry connolly (@mufchenry) March 27, 2017
While some are certainly entertaining the idea of the Brazilian forward lining up for the Red Devils next season…
— Adams Sang'alo (@AdamsSangalo) March 28, 2017
Can't help but laugh about Neymar but if you'd have mentioned Pogba this time last season I'd have laughed too… #mufc
— J Flavell (@JFlavell1) March 27, 2017
People saying we've got no chance of getting Neymar. It's common knowledge Woodward's been after him for years. Anything can happen.#MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 27, 2017
Can't picture Neymar at United really but shows what a massive club we are #MUFC
— Dan Aird (@dan_airdmufc) March 27, 2017