Old Trafford side made late deadline day move for Santos star.
MANCHESTER UNITED made a £38m deadline day attempt to land Brazil superstar Neymar.
The club record bid failed when the Santos ace, 20, said he wanted to stay put until after his country had hosted the 2014 World Cup.
United boss Alex Ferguson’s approach puts Wayne Rooney’s position at the club even further into question and the Scot will not be afraid to try again for the goalscoring sensation in the January transfer window.
It would have been the joint-highest fee paid for a player from outside the UK — alongside Manchester City’s purchase of Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid — and taken the club’s spending this summer to £80m.
SOURCE: The Sun
This is something of a surprise, if indeed this source is accurate, not least as the move would’ve been made after Robin Van Persie had added yet another attacking option to the Old Trafford side.
It seems unlikely that Sir Alex Ferguson would’ve launched such a bid given the fact it may well have undermined Wayne Rooney’s position at the club but would perhaps have been an attempt to use the Santos man in a supporting role alongside the England international.
The Man United boss has attempted to sign Neymar’s national team colleague Lucas Moura but his £32m offer was trumped by PSG who spent £38m to land the teenager.
Neymar is the hottest prospect in South American football and one of the world’s leading lights. The 20 year old had been strongly linked with interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid before the Santos man stated his intention to stay in his native Brazil until at least the 2014 World Cup Finals.
Neymar has netted 113 goals in 190 matches for his club side and nine in 20 appearances for the Brazilian national team. He was also a focal part of the Olympic side that lost to Mexico in the final of the 2012 football tournament, landing the youngster a silver medal.
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