Why Man United’s pursuit of Neymar was always going to be futile

A lot of things will happen during the transfer window.

Family birthdays, MOT the car, Labour and the Tories will keep sniping at each other and Neymar will remain with Barcelona. For once, you can categorically say that all of those things will happen. No guess work here.

Taking the latter, Neymar has been rumoured, that word again, to be moving to Old Trafford. He won’t.

Jose Mourinho is making himself busy delving into the summer transfers and the Brazilian is one that he is reportedly willing to break the bank over.

Rumours on Saturday suggested that United had gone in with a £158m bid, to take him away from the Catalans, but no they won’t. Because shortly after Neymar put pen-to-paper on a record breaking contract to remain at the Nou Camp.

No amount of money, no one single manager, no particular league, no inducements, no hope for Manchester United to steal away one of the worlds top players.

Here’s why…

Neymar’s Dream

Barcelona Forward Neymar

Barca is the team that Neymar always wanted to play for.

In 2013, he moved from Santos to the Nou Camp for just under £50m and has never looked back. 55 goals in 93 appearances for Barcelona and with 46 goals and 70 Brazilian caps, this striker is a bit special.

Barcelona Vice-President of institutional relations Carles Vilarrubi expects Neymar to stay at “the club of his dreams.”

“They all dream of [Neymar], but the club is very calm,” Vilarrubi is quoted as saying on TV3, according to AS.

“The player is at the team of his dreams and he is delighted. So everybody is happy. He won’t go. Neymar will be here for many years.”

It’s Barcelona

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - La Liga

At the Nou Camp, he’s won just about everything. Could anyone else offer him the success that he’s grown accustomed to? Can Manchester United guarantee Champions League football every year and not just guarantee it, but be a favourite to win it? Everywhere he goes, he’s held aloft like some sort of demi-God because he is Neymar and he plays for Barca. It’s the Barcelona effect. Manchester United don’t have the same charisma or appeal and Neymar is going nowhere.

New Contract

For some time, negotiations have been ongoing in a bid to ensure the 24-year-old stays where he is.
His demands are big, but they will be when you have the darling of Barca in the side (Messi) on a fabulous contract.  Neymar is staying at Barcelona.

A contract making him the highest earner in footballing history was what convinced him to stay in Spain.

Quality Side

Luis Enrique

Just look at the team. One look tells you that no other club could amass the names on show at the Nou Camp.

Messi and Suarez up front, Iniesta, such a quality world class player in the middle, Gerard Pique in defence, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and the list goes on.

All quality, all internationals, all gel together to become a successful side to rival both Madrid sides.

Life is good, so why move?

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This is a line-up you just couldn’t afford to buy.

It’s a line-up oozing style, skill, ability at the very highest and above all, it brings goals, drama and success.

Why would you, as a professional footballer want to leave that set-up? No other team in the world has a squad like Barcelona’s.

Real come close, but Barca are ahead and Premier League teams are nowhere in sight. Messi, Neymar and Suarez – nothing more needs to be said.

It might be Mourinho’s dream to have him at Old Trafford, but it isn’t Neymar’s. He’s staying in Spain.