Will Neymar be the next Manchester United signing?

Will Neymar be the next Manchester United signing?

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Manchester United have scored just two goals in their opening three games of the season. Of those two goals just one was scored by a Man United player. Adnan Januzaj scored versus Villa but the other goal came from an own goal.

The side had let go of two forwards in Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao so are short on fire power. Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez (on loan at Real Madrid last season) are their only options. The club have been in the hunt for a new forward and recently missed out on Barcelona star Pedro, who signed for Chelsea.

Thomas Muller for £70+ million has also been heavily linked but looks unlikely to come. The figures bandied about are ridiculous but now the club are linked with a sensational (and ridiculous) bid for Neymar. The Barcelona forward is just 23 years old and only joined Barca in the summer of 2013. Neymar won it all last year and Man United are apparently (according to most sources) willing to offer £130 million to meet Neymar’s buyout and bring him to United.

Having let go of Angel Di Maria the club want Neymar to be their real Galactico signing. Could it happen? Well, Neymar is apparently (according to unreliable sources) keen on a move, just not this summer. The total fee with wages would be £240 million, a huge figure. United can afford that. They have a massive commercial pull and make huge commercial revenue.

But Barcelona don’t exactly need cash right now. Also they’re unlikely to cash in on a 23 year old superstar, who they’ve only had for two seasons. Neymar is the future of the club and they’ve already sold Pedro and last year Alexis Sanchez. The trio of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi was unbelievably good last year and helped deliver a treble. Why then would Barca break that up? The deal appears to be nothing more than a fairytale. Although, in football fairytales can sometimes become a reality.

Amit Singh is the editor of Think Football and contributes for a number of other football websites, follow on twitter @Think_Football