Man United heavily boosted in the transfer market by former Barcelona chief

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed that Neymar is keen on a move to Manchester United, and the club could be forced to sell, the Metro reports.

The Brazilian was heavily linked with a big-money move across the channel in the summer, but no move prevailed and United managed to sign young Anthony Martial instead.

United are expected to return with another bid for Neymar in the future, and Laporta believes they may be able to strike a deal for the star.

Joan Laporta said: ‘The situation is not good and to balance the accounts at Barcelona, [club president Josep Maria] Bartomeu must sell players or other assets.

‘The best solution is obviously to sell the best players. Some say he [Neymar] is interested in Manchester United’s offer, but that is a result of mismanagement at the club.’

Barcelona started negotiating a new contract with the Brazilian forward in September, but talks recently broke down, which could lead to the 23 year-old to look elsewhere.

Laporta claims there is some financial difficulties with the Catalan club currently, despite winning a treble last season, including the Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Coppa Del Rey.

Updated: October 30, 2015 — 12:49 pm
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