Manchester United have made just the one signing so far this summer but are expected to sign three more and Jose Mourinho has reportedly urged Ed Woodward to bring Neymar to Old Trafford.
Diario Gol writes: “Neymar Jr. is spoken strongly in United’s offices. Mourinho’s logic dictates that the Brazilian is younger, with more potential and even more media coverage than Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Away from the shadow of Messi, he could play at the level that many times he has shown for Brazil. If they want to sign him,United would have to offer €200m. An affordable amount for the club that paid a world record fee for Paul Pogba.”
Mourinho has previously described the prospect of signing Neymar as ‘absurd’, since he expects him to replace Messi as Barca’s next talisman.
“I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs for what can be given to me. Neymar is absurd,” Mourinho said in March. “A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar.
“Although Messi is still a young player with years to go, he is already 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona after Messi. I think [trying to sign Neymar is like] going to try to break into a safe, impossible.”
United’s interest in Antoine Griezmann highlighted their ambitions to sign a ‘superstar’ forward and it’s no surprise Mourinho isn’t considering Cristiano Ronaldo. That always seemed a non-starter, despite Jorge Mendes’ best efforts. United would be open to signing Gareth Bale, too.
So, in effect, little has changed since Woodward replaced Gill. United tried to sign Bale and/or Ronaldo in 2013, Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao arrived in 2014, efforts were made to re-sign Ronaldo again in 2015 before Paul Pogba’s world record move last year.
The source of those Fabinho rumours at the weekend? Juventus.
“Juve say that they recently terminated their own interest in Fabinho in favour of less expensive full back options, including Italy internationals Matteo Darmian and Mattia De Sciglio,” the Daily Record reports.
“To explain their failure to secure Fabinho’s signature, Juve officials indicated that the player had agreed to join United, an idea lent credence by an interview in his native Brazil in which the player talked about his desire to be reunited with Mourinho, the coach who signed him for Real Madrid as a teenager.”
Also, on Fabinho’s wife’s recent Instagramming: she did something similar last year.
It is even clearer now that Fabinho is gagging to join United but he is not a priority signing, as M.E.N. Sport reported last month and have detailed on numerous occasions in our blogs.
M.E.N. Sport reported yesterday Alvaro Morata’s protracted move to United is progressing ‘slowly’ but remains on track, according to sources close to the player.
Anthony Martial nor his representatives have even met with United to discuss his future.
A story which surfaced on a gambling website was circulated by other outlets claiming Martial had requested a transfer and would be granted permission to leave the club.
However, Martial clarified the spurious story is nonsense through his Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
The 21-year-old simply tweeted: “The rumours are false.”