Jose Mourinho has finally spoken on the rumours linking Neymar with a move to Manchester United this summer.
With the upcoming transfer window fast approaching and the spinning rumour mill beginning to pick up pace, Neymar to United is a story that won’t go away.
Mourinho is said to be heavily backed by his board in this summer’s market in an effort to build a team capable of a genuine title challenge next season. In addition, chief executive Ed Woodward has become known for his fancy of a marquee, big name signing each window.
Strongly linked with La Liga’s finest Antoine Greizmann and more recently, Neymar, United supporters should still be at the stage where they are working out if these rumours are a realistic possibility with any substance or just a pipe dream.
When addressing the latest round of Neymar speculation, the Old Trafford boss appears to be more of a realist than a dreamer. The Brazilian, with 63 goals in his in his 116 performances for Barcelona so far since his move to the Camp Nou from Santos in 2013, is widely regarded as the hottest prospect in football today at only 25 years of age.
Why would the heir to Messi’s thrown leave such a good thing behind in Catalonia for a new challenge in England?
Speaking to ESPN, Mourinho categorically denied that there is any chance of Neymar being a Red Devil next season.
“I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs for what can be given to me,” explained the three-time Premier League winner.
“[However] Neymar is absurd. A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar. Although [Lionel] Messi is still a young player with years to go, he is already 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona after Messi. I think [trying to sign him is like] going to try to break into a safe, impossible.”
Where these quotes should put an abrupt end to any further speculation over this deal taking place, whether they do or not remains to be seen.
Aaron Ward, Pundit Arena.