Since its foundation in London in 1821, the Sunday Times has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most esteemed newspapers. And even they think Manchester United are trying to sign Neymar.
Despite Jose Mourinho stating this week that the idea of the Red Devils snaring the Brazilian superstar was “absurd”, it’s evidently not too absurd for the club to pursue.
The Times says Neymar has decided he wants to become Europe’s highest paid footballer – having targeted a salary of £21.2m that would exceed Ronaldo’s remuneration at Real Madrid – and the only place he’s likely to find a club that will pay him that is England. Therefore, he is “considering approaches” from United, and also Chelsea.
He wouldn’t come cheap. In addition to the aforementioned wage package, the two Premier League clubs would have to pay Barcelona the forward’s £170m release clause. But they be would happy to do that because buying Neymar is something they could show off about to all their friends for ages… or at least until his first dodgy performance.
Neymar has reportedly “told friends” of United and Chelsea’s interest. Yes, even the esteemed Times puts stock in what footballers have reportedly told their friends.
Man Utd and Chelsea are also tipped, by the Sunday Mirror, to battle for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer. Although the Blues and the Reds will probably only need him if they are forced to sell their current goalkeeper (Thibaut Courtois and David de Gea respectively) to Real Madrid. So in a way United and Chelsea will actually be battling to not sign Donnarumma this summer.
Manchester City are also said to be interested in the £50m-rated Italian teenager, and they will be battling to sign him whatever happens because they don’t currently have any goalkeepers good enough to attract Real Madrid.
Pep Guardiola has also “joined the race” for Michael Keane, reports the Sun on Sunday. Although at this point, there aren’t many clubs who aren’t in the race to sign the Burnley defender.
Arsene Wenger plans to “beef up” his midfield with the signing of Everton Idrissa Gueye, says the Sunday Mirror. Although the Arsenal manager may be overseeing that transfer in a new role as the Gunners “Director of Football”, claims the Sunday Express. That’s the fancy title Wenger will allegedly be offered to allow Arsenal to sack him without actually sacking him.
West Ham may do the Gunners a favour by offering them £30m for out-of-sorts midfielder Jack Wilshere, says the Sun on Sunday. In fact, the Hammers don’t seem bothered about current form at all, because the same paper says they are also interested in Stoke’s on-loan Man City striker Wilfried Bony.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are considering a £15m-swoop for 20-year-old Toulouse centre-back Issa Diop (Mirror), Tottenham are interested in Besiktas’ ex-Arsenal midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup (Daily Star Sunday) and Man Utd want to sign Monaco full-backs Djirbil Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy (Sun). There does seem to be a genuine danger that Monaco might not actually have any players next season.