Man United have been sent a warning by Barcelona suggesting that they are wasting their time trying to sign Neymar.
Speculation has suggested that the Premier League giants are in fact monitoring the Brazilian’s situation, but it is widely acknowledged that it could purely be a ploy from his camp to speed up contract talks with Barca.
Nevertheless, Sky Sports have suggested that United have the wage structure and transfer funds available to sign Neymar, which has further fuelled talk that a move could be in the offing.
That hope has now been quashed by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu though, who insists that they want to keep the Brazilian international at the club for many, many years.
“He is a young player that has an international football projection above the norm. He has helped us a lot in our recent successes.
“In a few months’ time we will discuss his contract extension as he has three years left on his current deal.
“We want him to stay for many years, three, five, 10 or even 15 years more with us.”
Neymar scored 29 goals last year to help the club to an historic treble, and it would seem non-sensical for the club to legitimately consider selling him unless the player himself had asked to be transferred elsewhere.
That scenario doesn’t look likely, and so Louis Van Gaal is undoubtedly looking elsewhere to see how he can strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer deadline.