Manchester United 'preparing £173m summer bid for Barcelona superstar Neymar'

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Sport say Man Utd are ready to meet the Brazil striker's release clause

Manchester United are preparing a £173million (€200m) summer bid for Barcelona superstar Neymar, according to reports.

That figure represents the Brazilian's release clause and a figure the Premier League club are happy to meet, according to Spanish publication Sport.

The newspaper also claims Man Utd will be prepared to pay the star £416,000 per week if they agree a deal.

The club are likely to see a reduction in their wage bill this summer with the possible departure of Wayne Rooney among others, potentially freeing up funds.

Spanish reports claim Man Utd would be willing to meet the Brazil striker's release clause Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann is another player who has been linked with a move for Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho looks to build a squad that can compete for the Premier League title.

Though a deal for Neymar appears unlikely, especially if Utd cannot secure Champions League football next season, the striker has recently been full of praise for English football. 

"The Premier League is a championship that amazes me," Neymar said last week.

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"I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes.

"I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool — these are the teams that are always there fighting.

"And then you have high-level coaches like Mourinho and Guardiola. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work."

 

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