One of Barcelona’s start forwards, Neymar Junior, has announced that he was in talks with Manchester United over the summer.
In Louis van Gaal’s search for a “quick and creative forward” United turned their efforts towards one of the best attackers in the world, Neymar Junior.
At the end of the transfer window, Manchester United ended up signing teenage super striker Anthony Martial from A.S. Monaco for £38 million, and he’s already scored 4 goals and claimed an assist in just 5 appearances, 2 of which were as a late substitute.
Neymar would have cost the Red devils close to £80 million and he most likely would have done as well, if not worse, than Anthony Martial has.
Neymar has revealed his United talks to ESPN Brazil:
“We had conversations, but there was nothing concrete.”
“I heard that there were offers but none were made to me.”
Manchester United are known to still be working in the transfer market, despite the close of the window. Apparently, Neymar is still on their short list.
So far, for Barcelona, this season, the Brazilian has scored 3 goals and has an assist in 5 games. This is a goal less than United’s 19 year old new comer, Martial, who is playing in a much more competitive league, against much tougher opponents each week.
For now though, Neymar is focused on forwarding his Barça career and is hoping to be recognised as one of the best players in the world this year:
“I want to keep giving my all and evolve season to season. I hope I will be on the Ballon d’Or podium this year.”
Neymar will be even more crucial to Barça in their coming games as the great Lionel Messi is said to be out, with a knee injury, for at least 6 weeks.