Manchester United have reportedly tempted Paris Saint-Germain winger Neymar to Old Trafford with an offer of £650,000 per week in wages according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.
PSG are unwilling to sell their star asset and would likely command a fee in excess of the world-record £200m they paid for him one year ago, but United are thought to be considering meeting that valuation.
Real Madrid were thought to be in the driving seat to swoop should PSG give any indication they were willing to sell the player; a report on Monday suggested the defending European champions were willing to offer the Ligue 1 side both Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale as part of a package to lure the Brazilian to the Bernabeu.
United boss Jose Mourinho is expected to make sweeping changes to his squad this summer in an effort to close the gap to Manchester City, although he has previously suggested that he would not bring in any more attacking players.
According to the report, Mourinho has given Neymar three guarantees over a move to Old Trafford.
It’s claimed United have promised to make Neymar the world’s highest-paid player on more than the £500 000 a week currently enjoyed by Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Alexis Sanchez at United. Secondly, it’s claimed Mourinho has told Neymar his arrival at Old Trafford will turn the club – who finished the 2017/18 season trophyless – into major contenders for the game’s biggest prizes.
And finally, it’s reported that the United boss will hand him a starring role in his side and ensure he’s top dog at Old Trafford, unlike the second fiddle role he had to assume under Messi while at Barca.
While the who episode appears little more than speculative at this stage, there is a growing feeling that Neymar’s time in Paris will only prove a fleeting one, and if he was to be made available, there’s a strong chance United would be keen to sign him.