Manchester United are growing increasingly frustrated with the inability to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, and manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly instructed chief executive Ed Woodward to concentrate on other targets so as to strengthen the forward line. One of the targets appears to be Barcelona striker Neymar. According to Spanish tabloid Diario Gol, Jose Mourinho has urged Woodward to take a look at Neymar’s availability.
United’s primary concern is to improve the attacking strength at the club, which has been severely weakened by the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Both Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney do not have a lot of confidence coming into the 2017-18 season, leaving Marcus Rashford as the only firing forward in the ranks.
Neymar was on the transfer wishlist of United even before he moved to Barcelona. Jose Mourinho has also previously tried to sign the player, before he signed for the Catalan club. Since Martial has been a major disappointment on the left side of the front three, there is a consensus within United that a move for Neymar would make a lot of sense at this time. Apart from the incredible on-field contribution, Neymar will also be a huge marketing asset for the club.
However, United may have to break the world record for transfer fees once again, in order to have any chance of signing the Brazilian superstar. The 25-year-old has a contract with Barcelona until 2021, while his contract has a release clause of €200 million. United are unlikely to think about this figure, but we are reportedly preparing a €25 million per year contract for the player.
Antoine Griezmann was the first target for the club, but after he signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid, Mourinho turned his attention to Alvaro Morata as the next best possibility to play for United. However, negotiations for the striker have been taking place for several weeks, but a conclusion is yet to be arrived upon (Mirror).
So far, Victor Lindelof has been the only major signing at the club after coming from Benfica for fee of around £31million.