Premier League Giants To Battle It Out For £170m-Rated Barcelona Superstar

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English giants Chelsea and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Barcelona superstar Neymar, according to Sunday Times.

The Brazilian sensation has been linked with a big-money move to England for quite some time now, and speculation has only increased following the player himself expressing his desire of playing in the Premier League, and working with star managers like Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

In fact, Mourinho’s Manchester United, who have been labelled as an interested party looking to sign Neymar ever since his Santos days, are now expected to make a genuine attempt to lure the dazzling forward away from Barcelona.

As per latest reports in England, the Red Devils are all set to go head-to-head with apparent Premier League champions-elect Chelsea, in order to secure the 23-year-old’s services.

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The two English powerhouses possess tremendous financial resources of their own, which they will definitely need if they are to sign the Brazil international, given the fact that Barcelona have inserted a mammoth release clause worth £170 million in the player’s contract.

However, even if one of these two clubs, or any club in the world, for that matter, manages to meet the unbelievable price tag, it remains unlikely for Neymar to depart from Spain, as Barcelona consider him the real heir to Lionel Messi’s position as the team’s talisman.

United boss Jose Mourinho too, labelled luring Neymar away from Barca as an impossible task, whilst addressing this speculation. The Portuguese was quoted as saying (via ESPN): “To ask for Neymar is absurd. A club like Barcelona can not and will not lose Neymar.

“Although Messi is still a young player with years ahead of him, he’s almost 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona post-Messi. So much that I think it [trying to sign Neymar] is like trying to break into a safe, impossible.”


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