The father of Barcelona superstar Neymar is allegedly advising his son that a move away from Camp Nou may be what is best for his individual career, with Manchester United once more linked with a move for the Brazilian by a report in the Spanish media.
According to Diario Gol‘s latest claim, Neymar Sr. has apparently suggested that leaving Barça would be a wise move as the forward looks to escape from the shadow of Lionel Messi.
Although he has performed well, Neymar Jr. has been outshone by Messi in the goals category this season, with the Argentine on course to win another European Golden Shoe.
Neymar has scored just 13 times in La Liga this season, 19 in all competitions, his lowest since his debut campaign in Spain after scoring 39 and 31 in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively.
Messi remains the main man in Catalunya and it appears set to continue that way for some time. But the Neymar clan have big plans and it seems unlikely he can reach the level of the best and biggest player in the world, both on and off the pitch, while he’s still second fiddle.
That is where Manchester United would come in. The Premier League club have long been linked with a move for the former Santos prodigy, reportedly considering a £170m offer as recently as March and April, with Diario Gol pointing to Old Trafford again.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made it his mission in recent seasons to build a squad of essentially Galacticos. It is what drove the club’s previous interest in Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, and what saw Paul Pogba return as the world’s most expensive player.
Were Neymar to become genuinely available there would no doubt be interest from elite sides all over Europe, but even in light of these latest rumours that hardly seems likely.
United boss Jose Mourinho has actually spoken out against it before too, labelling a move for Neymar ‘impossible’ and likening it to ‘trying to break into a safe’.
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