The future of Barcelona superstar Neymar is still in the air, with the Brazilian superstar yet to sign a new deal at Barca despite reports for months that it would be a formality.
PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester United have all been linked with moves for the 24-year-old, who would command a world record fee of €190 million (£155 million) – his release clause. The clause was originally inserted to scare off suitors, but market inflation means the wealthy elite could now realistically pay that fee, with those clubs said to be willing to.
It was reported by SPORT recently that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has no interest in Neymar at this time, but Mundo Deportivo, generally a more reliable source than its fellow Barcelona-based newspaper, has a different view in today’s edition.
Knowing that United have made at least two offers for Neymar, City are not willing to sit around quietly, it’s said. City have made contact with the player’s father and asked to be kept informed of developments between his son and Barcelona. If Neymar does decide to leave Barca, Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain want City to be well positioned to sign one of world football’s most recognisable players.
Many expect Neymar to eventually sign a new deal and continue at the Camp Nou, and that is what the safe money would be on, but if decides to leave, Manchester City are ready to battle other wealthy clubs for his services. Those are the messages coming out of Spain today.