It has been well covered that Manchester United were in talks with Barcelona’s Neymar Junior during the summer transfer window.
Neymar has since revealed that he did have talks with United but, the Red Devils never made an official bid to the Catalan giants.
The Brazilian’s current contract runs until the end of the 2017/18 season however, there is a clause in the contract saying that Barcelona’s last chance to renegotiate the contract, before it runs out, is January 2016.
It has been reported that Barça look to take advantage of this clause by offering Neymar a new 6 year deal, worth roughly £150 million overall. They plan on entering into negotiations with the Brazilian before the end of this year.
Sky Sports’ Spanish Football Expert, Guillem Balague, believes that Neymar is seriously considering a switch to Old Trafford:
“Is he considering doing so [joining United] in the future? Categorically, yes,”
“It is going to be the saga of the next 12 months or more – his new contract with Barcelona. FCB want him to sign it now, he is not in a rush. Why?”
“I think he feels he will not be the best player in the world while at Barcelona, with Messi leading the team.”
“So he has to decide if he stays and waits for Messi to move on, or goes to a team that will build around him. So keep an eye on this!”
The Mogi das Cruzes born forward is currently valued at £56 million but, it would most likely cost Manchester United somewhere in the region of £80 million to coax the Camp Nou into letting him go.
Manchester United have also said that they plan on making one or two key, marquee signings in the next couple of transfer windows. This as opposed to buying many players, like they did in this window.