Jose Telephones Neymar As Manchester United Agree To Match £180M Release Clause
The Red Devils have long been after the 25-year-old, with his commercial value and the prospect of winning a Ballon d’Or in the future playing key-roles.
Neymar signed a new mega-money deal with the Catalan side in October last-year, however, the Brazilian is unhappy with the on-going legal battle in the Spanish courts.
Neymar and his father are involved in a legal battle over the possible fraud in his transfer to Barcelona from Santos in 2013 – a scandal which forced former president Sandro Rosell to resign.
Neymar’s current release clause stands at £180 million, which will go up-to to £200 million next year and £225 million the following year.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils boss has been a longtime admirer of the former Santos man – with Jose wanting to get the forward to Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid back in 2012.
Jose had contacted the player’s agent and his father in 2012 for a possible transfer.
Sources in Barcelona reveal that regular phone-calls, a regular practice for Mourinho with potential transfer targets had already begun weeks ago.
The Old Trafford based out-fit are also eyeing another La Liga superstar Antoine Griezmann, with several reports suggesting that the Frenchman has agreed to join the club, but he will not force a move until he knows for sure which continental competition United will feature in the next season.