Manchester United are eyeing a blockbuster swoop for Neymar after the Brazilian star has reportedly become frustrated at Barcelona.
The 25-year-old is about to enter his fifth season at the Nou Camp – but he might not be there for much longer.
Spanish publication Sport claim that the forward is ready to leave the La Liga after being advised to step out of Lionel Messi’s shadow from his advisers.
And that is likely to spark interest from the Red Devils, who have long wanted to bring Neymar to Old Trafford.
The former Santos ace has won everything since his arrival at Barcelona except the Ballon d’Or, although he did come third in 2015.
One part of the superstar’s representatives have allegedly told him that “by the side of Messi you will always be second, you will always be in his shadow”.
And now he is said to have listened to those words more than ever as he considers his future.
Sport also revealed at the end of last season he had already spoken to Jose Mourinho on the phone.
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The United boss was believed to be convincing him to come and replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Despite this latest report Barcelona remain relaxed on the situation.
He is under contract until June 2021 and has a release fee of £175million this summer.
That increases each year, with it due to rise to £195m next year and then to £219m.
Any potential deal for Neymar would be absolutely massive and lengthy to conclude.
However, Barca are well aware of the spending power the Premier League giants are capable of and will have to remain alert.
Earlier this month he was asked about the possibility of moving to the Premier League, and he said: “No, no not yet. To be honest I’ve never thought about living in England
“I do watch the Premier League a little bit, but then again I don’t like to watch too much football.
“I like to follow Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus just to see how they’re doing but I’ve never touched the subject of moving to the Premier League with them.”