Manchester United have sent shock waves round the Nou Camp as they are set to execute a £173million move with £416,000-a-week contract offer for Brazil/Barcelona star Neymar Jr.
According to various reports in Spanish and Brazilian media outlets, Britain’s richest and most successful club is set to trigger Neymar’s release clause (£173million) this summer, with club manager, Jose Mourinho in search of an elite signing that will take the club to new heights as the futures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney remain uncertain.
Neymar is appreciated in Barcelona but knows he won’t ever be seen in the same light as Lionel Messi, but knows at Man U he will be an automatic leader and at the age of 25 will surely be given god-like status at the club.
Neymar also knows that the £416,000-a-week salary can’t be rivaled by Barcelona or even other English clubs like Man City and Chelsea, but has informed his agent he won’t move to a club that won’t be playing champions league football.
Neymar also knows he is very unlikely to win the Ballon D’or while playing in the same team as Lionel Messi and sees England as a good destination, that could also positively affect his marketing potential.
Mourinho’s men face an uphill task of making the top four in the Premier League — but could earn participation in the UEFA champions league next season by triumphing in the Europa League.