Manchester United could sign Barcelona star Neymar next season, according to reports.
Neymar has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with United reportedly keen to trigger the 23-year-old’s staggering £138m release clause.
Barcelona are understandably keen to keep hold of one of its most prized assets, and it seems a deal is highly unlikely to be completed before the end of the current transfer window.
However, South American football expert Tim Vickery believes United are playing the “long game” and that thee former Santos man could make to move to the Premier League giants in the future.
“Clearly it’s not going to happen now for a number of reasons,” he told talkSPORT.
“Firstly, Barcelona have just sold Pedro. Secondly, they can’t buy anyone because they’ve still got this suspension hanging over them. But you just wonder if United are playing the long-term game here.
“At the moment Neymar is very happy where he is but he’s in the shadow of Lionel Messi. That’s fine for now but if it’s still the case in one or two years’ time, he might want to go somewhere where he’s going to be the big number one.
“England is obviously a potential in a year or two years’ time. That’s the game I think United are playing – establishing an interest, making it clear that they really want this player and are prepared to pay big money.”
United are light on attacking options, and with the transfer deadline just days away it remains to be seen if the Red Devils make a late swoop on a striker.
Wayne Rooney looks to have hit form following a hat-trick against Club Brugge on Thursday, but it remains to be seen if he can carry over his goalscoring touch into the Premier League.
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