Barcelona’s star forward Neymar Jr is aware of the interest from both Chelsea and Manchester United and he could be on his way to Old Trafford as the Red Devils are set to break their bank to sign him.

According to the Daily Record, the Brazilian has disclosed about the interest of both the Premier League clubs to his close friends. Also, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is more keen to sign him this summer as the club are ready to meet his massive wage demands.

Manchester United will also have to spend a huge amount as part of transfer as his release clause is estimated to be €200 million (£169m) as the club are willing to activate it.

The 25-year old has already been a sensation since his move to Barcelona in the summer of 2013 and has earned a reputation for himself over the past four seasons. He has recently signed a new deal at Barcelona and will still have five years left on his contract in the summer.

He is currently earning €300,000 (£260,000) a week at the Catalan club and Manchester United are ready to offer him similar wages as the club already have heavy paychecks with Pogba earning an astonishing £290,000-a-week after moving to Old Trafford last summer.

The report also suggests that the Brazilian winger is keen to play as a target man in the attack but he is currently overshadowed by the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou. He could play as a striker in Manchester United lineup as Jose Mourinho is set to make a lot of changes to his plans post the unfortunate injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic last week.

However, Mourinho has dismissed links to Neymar transfer last month 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 is like trying to break a safe – impossible.’


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