On Friday, 21st August, it was reported by eminent British media outlet The Sun that Barcelona superstar Neymar might leave the club in this window to join Premier League giants Manchester United.
The news stirred the entire transfer market as people started speculating about such a huge news. The Brazilian star who had made a controversial move to FC Barcelona in 2013 is one of the most important players in the club alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Sun claimed that United who is in search of a quality striker might edge towards Neymar for a huge move. Dutch manager Louis van Gaal had also mentioned about Neymar last month and had said that Ashley Young is not as the Brazilian, which was seen as a criticism of the winger.
The rumour stimulated hugely after Neymar’s international agent Pini Zahavi was spotted at Old Trafford yesterday during the match between Manchester United and Newcastle United.
But later, Neymar’s personal agent Wagner Ribeiro clarified that the player is happy at Camp Nou and has no plans to join Manchester United in the days to come.
Sky Sports quoted Ribeiro: “There is nothing. He has three years left on his contract. The British newspapers are very speculative. Barcelona has never thought of selling Neymar and he is very happy there.”
Neymar at the moment is out of action due to injury and will likely miss Barcelona’s season opener against Athletic Bilbao. About Neymar’s fitness club manager Luis Enrique said: “From now on we will see his evolution and how he responds to the physical demands we put upon him.
“He is just starting the season and will have to go through a normal recovery process. His evolution will dictate when he will be ready to play. One, two, three weeks. I don’t know.”
The report was a complete shocker as Neymar is one of the key men for Barcelona and it was unlikely that he would have left the club after just two seasons. Also, even if Manchester United were interested in the player they would had to shell off a huge sum of money to procure the services of mighty Brazilian.