Manchester United have reportedly told Neymar they will rivaReal Madrida> for his signature this summer.
La Liga heavyweightsa> Real Madrid were thought to be the favourites to sign the Paris Saint-Germain superstar but United have entered the race.
Neymar has been in the French capital for less than a year but is already said to be desperate to leave. He departed Barcelona in August in a deal that cost PSG almost £200million.
According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United are preparing a stunning move for the Brazilian forward and are willing to pay a world-record fee and match his £30m-a-year salary to complete the deal.
It is claimed the Red Devils believe they have the upper hand over Real as they have a working relationship with Neymar Santos senior, a United fan who would love for his son to sign aOld Trafford.a>
Neymar has endured a turbulent year at PSG and Unai Emery’s exit at the end of the season will not alter his desire to leave.
[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”620a> Neymar is ready to quit PSG after just one season.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has repeatedly played down rumours linking Neymar with a switch to the Bernabeu.
This week, he remained coy on Real’s interest in the Brazil international but said he saw no issue with a potential partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo. ‘
Good players are always compatible,’ he said. ‘I remember one year they said I wasn’t compatible to play wiDjorkaeff.a> We won the World Cup together.
‘So good players can always play together. On the pitch there is a chemistry.
‘I don’t know if we are negotiating for Neymar. What’s worrying us is what is going on at the moment.
‘I haven’t asked Neymar personally because I don’t get involved in these things. We have to finish this season, the rest will come after.’
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