Rumors continue to swirl in regards to FC Barcelona forward Neymar making a sensational move to Old Trafford. Reports indicate that Manchester United is willing to make the Brazilian star to highest paid footballer in the world.
According to Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo rakes in $56.2M a year making CR7 the top paid soccer player. Neymar earns $14M at the Catalan club. (Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Athletes)
The Guardian reports that Neymar “is attracted by the size and history of United and the chance to play in the Premier League.”
This is a bad move for the 23-year-old phenom because he is in a perfect situation with Barcelona. Last season he scored 30 goals in all competitions and formed a deadly frontline with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. The trio scored a whopping 122 goals as they conquered the club’s second treble in their history.
At Barcelona Neymar can continue to shine. His game is best suited for the 4-3-3 formation run by the Camp Nou tenants. His fast-paced runs on the wings cater to his excellent dribbling skills. He has impeccable vision to create chances for himself and his teammates.
At the moment I don’t think he is suited to carry a team and be the focal point of a franchise. He still has immaturity issues and its unknown if he can sustain his high level of form when not surrounded by a talented cast. Although with Messi and Andres Iniesta sidelined until November, this can be Neymar’s chance to prove that he is up to the task. If successful, he will pressure Barcelona to offer him a new lucrative deal.
In Messi’s absence Barcelona has gone 2-1 overall with Neymar scoring 1 goal. The club has not been impressive. Neymar will have to pick up the slack and use his creativity to keep the team competitive. Especially since the team is the midst of a transfer ban limiting the club to purchase any reinforcements.
Their transfer embargo ends this January. Barcelona is interested in Neymar’s close friend Phillipe Coutinho. The club is looking towards the future and building around the Brazilian.
United are rebuilding their squad in the tough Premiership. In my opinion it makes no sense for Neymar to bolt a win-now squad for a rebuilding Manchester club. Barcelona is in line to dominate Europe for years to come. Neymar is one of the main reasons why. In 2015 he was on the shortlist for UEFA Best Player in Europe.
Neymar has three years left on his deal.