Transfer balls: Neymar to jail or Manchester United
Neymar has put Premier League suitors on red alert after his dad revealed he could quit Barcelona. Manchester United lead the race for the Brazil superstar, with rivals City and Chelsea also monitoring the situation.
Monitoring the situation is tabloid speak for ‘waiting for a phone from the player’s agent’.
The Sun’s big sports story is based on “reports in Spain”, which says an “unnamed club” has offered £144.4million for Neymar. All Neymar’s dad – the sole source for news of that mega offer – will reveal is that the mystery is club is not Real Madrid.
Over to Spain, then, where Catalunya radio’s Jordi Borda is responding to the Sun’s news. He tweets:
Neymar pare li ha dit al jutge que el seu fill només vol renovar amb l Barça tot i q té una oferta milionària x marxar. Ha parlat d’una oferta de 190 milions. (Neymar’s father told the judge that his son just wants to renew with the club even though he has a multi-million offer. He spoke of an offer of €190m.)
That’s the judge in an investigating into allegations that Neymar is involved in fraud.
The allegations refer to image rights contracts from 2006 when Neymar was a teenager playing for Santos. Prosecutors allege further fraud occurred during negotiations to take him to Barcelona in 2011. He joined the Catalan giants in 2013.
The Sun must have forgotten to read the part about Neymar wanting to remain at Barcelona.