Man United are never going to snare Neymar, they need more realistic targets

Manchester United are set to battle Real Madrid in a big-money tussle for the signature of Neymar this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

United constantly do this; claim to be in the hunt for superstar names, but they will not get them and the club should focus more energy on players they will actually get.

What’s the story, then?

The report states that Neymar – who is valued at an already astronomical £162m by Transfermarkt – will cost £200m and £30m per year in wages but United are willing to match that valuation.

It goes on to say that Real Madrid are also in the hunt and believe that they are front runners but United’s hopes rest on Neymar’s father.

It says that he is a United fan and would love for his son to wear the famous red of the Old Trafford club at some point in his career.

Neymar isn’t coming to United

This is clearly engineered by Ed Woodward; to ensure that the club snap up column inches and Twitter characters by being in the hunt for a player who will never come to the club.

It is an insult to the fans who want to see their team improve after another shapeless season to claim that they will sign players that they clearly will not.

Madrid are on course for their third Champions League in a row; they’re operating on a different plane to United right now and it would be no surprise if they made a statement post-World Cup and snared the former Barcelona man.