The 23-year-old is apparently open to a move to the Red Devils, although they may have to wait until next summer to complete a deal according to The Guardian. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already been to Catalonia to work on the bid for the player [Guardian], and this latest development could signal that some movement is being made.
Were the Red Devils to try and complete a deal for the Brazil international it could cost them his full release clause of £137.8 million [Daily Star]. This would be a world-record fee, although with United being the second richest club in the world [Daily Mail] it may be a possibility.
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However, even though the player’s ‘international’ representative was at Old Trafford, his regular agent Wagner Ribeiro has been playing down the chances of a move. His client is apparently to stay at the Nou Camp after their treble-winning season [Globo Esporte via Daily Express].
“There’s nothing,” said Ribeiro, “This is speculation summer window (European). Does not exist. He has three more years of contract. English newspapers are very speculative. Barcelona never think about selling Neymar, and he is very happy there.”
If United do miss out on the forward, then they have been linked to other marquee signings. Bayern Munich ace Thomas Muller and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale have both been linked to the club [Daily Express], and may be more open to a move than the player who is a regular in the side which won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League in the last campaign.