Old Trafford boss keen on Santos teenager.
Sir Alex Ferguson is planning to beat off interest from Chelsea to land Brazilian starlet Neymar. The Santos teenager has already stated his interest in plying his trade in the Premier League and Carlo Ancelotti has been downplaying his interest in bringing the talented attacker to Stamford Bridge but Man United are considering making an offer for the 18 year old this summer.
The Old Trafford boss has clearly made the most of his club’s links with Brazil in recent seasons and Ferguson has established a partnership with Desportivo Brasil to this end but now the Scot is thinking long and hard about making a significant offer for the Brazilian international.
Neymar has been a huge success at Santos, netting 42 goals last term and his impact on the national team stage has been just as immediate with the youngster netting three goals in his first three matches for the senior side.
Santos are said to be holding out for a bid in the region of £30m and it’s a price that may scare off Ferguson who could attempt to haggle out a deal for a player with a great deal of potential. Neymar’s decision making process in relation to where he moves to could be aided by the fact that Man United plays host to three of his countrymen in Rafael, Fabio and Anderson.
Some sources seem to believe that Neymar may be groomed as an ideal long term replacement for Ryan Giggs, not least because efforts to land Gareth Bale may have hit the buffers in recent weeks with the Tottenham man pledging his future to the White Hart Lane outfit.
Having seen how the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo progressed at Manchester United from surly youngster to the finished article, a move to the Premier League table toppers may well be one of those foremost in Neymar’s mind and a move away from Brazil this summer seems a distinct possibility.