Manchester United rejected chance to sign PSG’s latest high-profile exit

Manchester United pushed back the chance to land Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar due to financial demands

The current transfer window has been marked by important transfer activity as various prominent players switch clubs worldwide to prepare for the upcoming season.

Manchester United have been notably active in the transfer market, securing the services of star players like Mason Mount, Andre Onana, and Rasmus Hojlund, as they make strategic adjustments to their squad under the management of Erik ten Hag.

One significant development this summer has been the rise of the Saudi Pro League, which has caused a major disruption in the transfer market due to the staggering amounts of money invested by the Middle East.

Manchester United rejected the chance to sign PSG superstar Neymar this summer (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United rejected the chance to sign PSG superstar Neymar this summer (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)

It appears that Brazilian superstar Neymar is poised to join the wave of high-profile players heading to Saudi Arabia, although he is also exploring options to remain in European football before finalising any move.

However, the Independent revealed that the departing Paris Saint-Germain forward was presented as an option to the top clubs across Europe. However, most of these clubs showed little interest in considering a deal for the superstar.

Despite facing another season marred by injuries, the Brazilian national player delivered an impressive performance during the 2022-23 season.

His record of 18 goals and 17 assists in 29 matches is certainly noteworthy. However, this accomplishment hasn’t significantly improved his standing with Luis Enrique. The new PSG manager has approved his departure.

Meanwhile, opportunities were presented to clubs such as Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Man United to acquire Neymar’s talents. Unsurprisingly, United rejected the chance to sign the 31-year-old due to the huge transfer fee and the player’s salary demands.

Among the clubs approached, Barcelona were the sole team willing to provide Neymar with an opportunity to continue playing in Europe.

Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal have secured a deal to sign Brazilian superstar Neymar. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal have secured a deal to sign Brazilian superstar Neymar. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

However, they were unable to put together the necessary financial arrangements to finalise the deal, even when considering a loan arrangement with a potential buy option.

Neymar’s limited choices have seemingly directed him towards Saudi Arabia. Al-Hilal have reached an agreement with PSG for a less than €100 million transfer fee and are offering an astounding salary of €160m to the player over the course of the two-year contract.

The deal marks another significant achievement for the Saudi Pro League, which appears committed to enhancing its stature in the sport.

Bringing the South American star on board would have unquestionably bolstered Ten Hag’s attacking options. However, the team already boasts strong contenders for Neymar‘s preferred left-wing position, with emerging talent Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford favouring that spot.

Moreover, considering the former Barcelona ace’s injury history, the transfer might not age well. Hence, United’s decision to not pursue this particular deal seems wise.

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Signing world-class players is always an excellent plan, but if it affects the club’s financial commitments, then it is better to keep a distance from the deal.