Luis Enrique has tipped his talisman Neymar da Silva to an extent his stay at Camp Nou amidst reports of long-term admirers in Manchester United preparing a record-breaking deal for the Brazil international.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a multitude of clubs – including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain – as talks over a new deal have stalled. The Spanish media reported earlier this week that the Red Devils were planning to meet his £138million release clause next summer. However, the Barcelona gaffer, whilst speaking to the press ahead of Copa del Rey second-leg clash against Athletic Bilbao, hinted that his left-winger might eventually put pen to a Barcelona contract.
Manchester United are currently struggling both on and off the pitch, with Louis van Gaal clearly unwilling to manage the stuttering side, who have scored a meagre 28 goals in 23 Premier League games this campaign. Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney, notwithstanding their prowess, are struggling in front of goal with the team lacking imagination and intent desperately.
The former Santos superstar has been directly involved in 37 goals in 25 games across all competitions for the Catalan club. Had Neymar arrived at Old Trafford, he would ostensibly have helped them shrug off accusations of playing unattractive football, besides also helping them have a crack at the title for the first time since the departure of Alex Ferguson.
With the Neymar deal now seemingly off, they would have to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements, with Michy Batshuayi, Thomas Muller and former fan favourite in Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly being monitored.
Manchester United are undeniably treading a similar path as Liverpool, despite spending big in transfers year in, year out and can be expected to a lot more cautious with their signings after seeing their £250million signings being helpless to prevent elimination from the Champions League.