Manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly rubbished speculation linking the Red Devils with a reported £173 million move for Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar. The Telegraph and ESPN quote an interview which he gave to ESPN Brazil, as he said:
“It’s speculation, I always try to be objective and pragmatic with clubs and to ask them what they can give me. To ask for Neymar is absurd. A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar.”
“Although [Lionel] Messi is still a young player with years ahead of him, he’s almost 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona post-Messi. So much that I think it [trying to sign Neymar] is like trying to break into a safe, impossible.”
The sensation signed a new contract in Catalonia just before Christmas but continues to be linked with a move to England and elsewhere, with United the latest club to be linked with a potential move for the forward in what would have been a stunning and sensational signing.
A more realistic deal could be one to bring Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich to the club, as German outlet Kicker claim that United have entered into talks for the 22-year-old, alongside interest from Manchester City and two Spanish clubs. The holding midfielder has made 19 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, though many have come from the bench.
Now he could come to Old Trafford to add stability to midfield with his huge potential likely to mean that he wouldn’t come cheap. That said, it may still represent a realistic option for Mourinho given how little he has featured under Carlo Ancelotti this season in Munich.
He could also provide some much-needed discipline alongside £89 million signing Paul Pogba, as the Mirror believe that Jose Mourinho is growing frustrated with the Frenchman, whose recent publicity stunt involving launching his own emoji upset his manager greatly.
His boss would reportedly prefer the former Juventus man to focus on improving his displays on the field, where he has failed to live up to expectations since his record-breaking move from Italy in the summer.
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