Man Utd are in the driving seat in the race to land Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar this summer, according to reports in France.
The Brazil international contributed 20 goals and 14 assists in 32 matches in all competitions for PSG this season as he helped them to the Ligue 1 title.
However, there are rumours that the French side are looking to get his salary off their books this summer and that has led to speculation he could move to the Premier League.
Newcastle and Chelsea have been linked, as well as Man Utd, with some reports claiming PSG could be forced to accept a loan rather than a permanent transfer to free up wages.
And now French publication Foot Mercato claim that Man Utd ‘has the advantage’ in the race to sign Neymar this summer with the Red Devils possessing ‘several tricks up their sleeve’.
With his behaviour ‘not always appreciated’ at PSG with the French giants ‘irritated’ that the Brazilian chose to visit Monaco for the Formula One Grand Prix over the weekend.
The PSG board saw his visit to Monaco as a ‘provocation’ with a transfer ‘more than possible’ this summer as they look to put his €3.675m-a-month wages onto another club.
Neymar’s ‘entourage has been approached’ by Man Utd but it is ‘linked to the future sale of the club to Qatar’ with Sheikh Jassim waiting to hear back if he is the preferred bidder.
The Brazilian’s ‘partnerships/contracts with Qatar and the Qatar brand’ gives Man Utd an advantage if Sheikh Jassim takes over with those ‘relations’ favouring his transfer to Old Trafford.
Neymar is said to be ‘seduced and can only be seen there or at PSG’ and has ‘refused approaches from Saudi Arabia’ despite a huge €400m offer being on the table.
L’Equipe reported last week that Neymar could be on his way to Man Utd but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano dismissed those claims under the current ownership.
Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column: “There are no negotiations ongoing between Manchester United and PSG for Neymar as of now. Nothing concrete, no talks… at least with current owners/board. PSG already discussed Neymar’s exit internally, and are looking for a solution this summer.
“United strongly deny the rumours, they insist this is not true. This is the position of the current board, but they are in a sale process, so we’ll see what happens when it’s resolved – Neymar could be a target for new owners, but at the moment there is nothing concrete.
“There have been contacts as Manchester United are interested again in Adrien Rabiot. There is no official bid, and Juventus have also made Rabiot a proposal over a new contract, so the player will decide his future soon. United appreciate the player, though, with Erik ten Hag a big fan since also trying to sign him last summer.”