It looks like Manchester United were ready to have an entertaining summer, but everything fell apart for the Red Devils, who couldn’t land their desired assets. A couple of months after the summer transfer window shut down, we learn that Manchester were actually lining up a move for Neymar, but the Brazilian changed the club’s mind.
According to reports, United opted against a big-money move for Neymar this summer due to fears over a lack of dedication and his father's 'money-obsessed' personality. Ney was heavily linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain, with reports placing him in Real Madrid and Barcelona over the summer.
Moreover, United, one of the few clubs with the financial muscle to complete a deal for Ney, were put off by the player’s character and his father's demands. The Athletic's Daniel Taylor writes that Neymar was on United's radar because he is a 'genuine, category-A superstar' and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes 'the club should have at least one Ballon d’Or contender in their squad' at any given time.
Yet, some people within the club showed their doubts on a move for the former Barcelona player given his party lifestyle and lack of dedication to his game off the field.
“At Old Trafford, however, they tell a joke that offers an insight into the club’s thinking. “If you have one Brazilian, you have one Brazilian,” it goes. “If you have two Brazilians, you have two Brazilians. And if you have three, you have a samba party,” Taylor wrote.
“In Neymar’s case, United think it would be him pouring the caipirinhas.”
It’s not a secret that Neymar enjoys this type of life and that would have been yet another problem for Manchester, who currently have a lot of them. Still, this won’t be the last time we hear about Ney and a potential move away from Paris.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are still keeping tabs on him and seeing his performances in Ligue 1 this season, more clubs, like United, will try to strike a deal for the 27-year-old next year.