With the world record signing of Paul Pogba last summer, Manchester United showed they are not afraid to spend, and going by reports linking Manchester United to the signing of Antoine Griezmann this summer, it is obvious the Red Devils are ready to spend big in the summer transfer window yet again. This time United are being linked with the signing of Barcelona’s Neymar, who is also attracting attention from Paris Saint-Germain.
It is not unusual to see United being linked with big players, but getting linked with the signing of Neymar is taking it to another level.
Can United sign the Brazilian?
As last summer proved, money is the least of Manchester United’s problem. We can sign just any player in the world. The problem is, are the said players available? In the case of Neymar, he could surprisingly be available. This is because he has a buy-out clause put at about £173 million which if paid will force Barca to sell the player.
What’s the difference between a buy-out clause and a release clause?
Buy-out clauses are more common in Spain than anywhere else. They are mandatory contractual elements in Spain. Although very rare, what we have in England are release clauses. Examples include the transfers of Demba Ba from Newcastle United to Chelsea and Joe Allen from Swansea City to Liverpool. With a buy-out clause, a player can buy out his own contract with his club for a pre-agreed contractual fee. Though in reality, it is the purchasing club who is paying this fee via the player.
What is the report saying?
According to the report by Spanish media outlet Sport (as reported by The Sun), Manchester United have been talking to Neymar and his agent (his father), and the club is getting increasingly confident that they can get the player by paying his buy-out clause. The report also claims United are ready to offer Neymar as much as £416,000-a-week which will probably make him the highest paid player in the Premier League.
Any competition for Manchester United for his signature?
PSG have also been linked with him and according to Sport, they are still very much interested in signing the Brazilian.
Where is Neymar’s likely destination?
Money is not a problem for Manchester United and neither is it for PSG. But if you ask me, although I think Manchester United have a chance of signing Neymar, I think he will end up at PSG. I strongly believe that the French club are more keen on him than Manchester United. I could be wrong but this is my opinion.