Transfer Balls: Neymar uses Manchester United to get a better deal at Barcelona
The Daily Express says Brazil’s superstar footballer Neymar has agreed a new contract to remain at Barcelona. He hasn’t. His sucrrent deal expires in the summer of 2018 – but he does want a better deal. And he’ll get one. In June, the Mail told us:
Josep Maria Bartomeu will offer Neymar a new deal if he wins the election
The Barcelona president who has ended up in court over the club’s signing of Neymar is ready to throw even more money at him to keep the 23-year-old happy at the Nou Camp.
This follows the Sun’s wafer-thin news that Manchester United had made a “discreet” enquity about signing the player.
Seemingly unduanted by fact, the Sun leads its report on Man United 0-0 draw with Newcastle by declaring:
Neymar agent jets in Manchester United 0 Newcastle 0
Shaun Curtis, the writer who broke the news of the discreet approach that wasn’t all that discrete, now says:
NEYMAR’S international agent Pini Zahavi was at Old Trafford — on the day SunSport revealed Manchester United want the Barcelona superstar.
Do we know why Pini was there?
The Israeli super-agent told us: “I have nothing to say about this but it is normal such a giant club as Manchester United would wish to win the services of Neymar, the best player in the world. It would be astonishing if United pulled off such a coup, but they are making a play for him.”
Has Neymar sorted out his new pay deal as part of his enw contract with Barcelona. Ealier this summer, Sergio Ramos used Manchester United to engineer a better wage packet at Real Madrid. Might it be that Neymar is trying the same ploy?
Curtis then tells readers what Neymar would cost:
While his buyout clause is said to be £130million, SunSport has learned it could be up to £165m with add-ons.
Any word from United
Van Gaal remained tight-lipped after the Newcastle shut-out. He said: “You can mention every player but I cannot answer those questions.“I would like to make the squad stronger but not for any price and only for the right player.”
In other words: agent watches football match. Read all about it.