Neymar has been linked with a mega-money move to Manchester United but Jose Mourinho has insisted such an idea would not be feasible, Mourinho claims Barcelona would not be willing to sell the Brazilian star, Neymar has a £173million release clause written into his contract with the Spanish club.
Jose Mourinho has likened Manchester United’s chances of signing Neymar to the ‘impossible’ task of breaking into a safe.
United are admirers of the Brazilian and would be keen to add him to their arsenal at Old Trafford but Mourinho claimed such a move would be ‘impossible’.
The Red Devils boss insisted that Barca would have no intention of allowing one of their prized assets to leave the Nou Camp.
I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs for what can be given to me. Neymar is absurd,’ Mourinho told ESPN.
‘A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar.
‘Although Messi is still a young player with years to go, he is already 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona after Messi.
‘I think (trying to sign him is like) going to try to break into a safe, impossible.’
Recently, Spanish newspaper Sport claimed United would be willing to activate the £173million release clause written into the Brazilian’s contract to bring him to the Premier League.
On top of the huge fee they would give Barca, the paper suggested United are also willing to pay Neymar £416,000-a-week to make the switch to England.
Last week, Neymar admitted he admired a number of Premier League sides – including United.
‘The Premier League is a championship that amazes me,’ Neymar said. ‘I like the playing style and the teams. And who knows, someday, I would like to play at it, yes.
‘I admire Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool — these are the teams that are always there fighting.
‘And then you have high-level coaches like Mourinho and Guardiola. These are coaches with whom any player would like to work.’