Paper Talk: Rivals to beat United to £225m Neymar; double Toon raid

James Marshment

Manchester United could miss out to Manchester City for Neymar if a move to Real Madrid doesn’t materialise, while Arsenal have slapped a huge fee on Hector Bellerin, according to Tuesday’s papers.



Manchester United and Manchester City are ready to enter the bidding to sign Neymar if PSG give the slightest indication they are ready to sell the Brazilian, according to reports.

The Brazilian star’s future is very much back under the spotlight just a matter of months after he made a word-record move to Paris from Barcelona.

It was always expected Neymar would return to LaLiga with Real Madrid his most likely suitors, while a return to Barcelona has also been mooted.

However, the Daily Express, citing Spanish website Don Balon, claims both United and City are also about to get very serious about the player.

And while they state Neymar would still prefer a move to Real Madrid, a switch to the Premier League also represents a genuine option to him, claims the report.

It’s suggested that while Jose Mourinho  reportedly hopes to build a team around Neymar, it is Pep Guardiola who holds the upper hand with the report stating that the Brazilian would prefer a link-up with his former Barcelona manager.

It’s indicated that Neymar – valued at £225million – could be a potential Sergio Aguero replacement, with the Argentine allowed to move on – possibly to Real or PSG – if the former moves on.


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Arsenal are ready to sell Hector Bellerin to help fund their rebuilding plans, but want £50m for the right-back. Juventus are interested in signing the Spaniard (The Sun)

Arsenal are monitoring Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri after being impressed by how he masterminded Tottenham’s Champions League exit (The Sun)

Newcastle, Leicester and Southampton are all interested in Burnley and Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson (The Sun)

Former Watford boss Marco Silva is among the candidates for the Southampton manager’s job after they sacked Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday (Daily Mail)

Philippe Coutinho says he would love Neymar to return to Barcelona (Daily Mail)

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has apologised for “sexist and unacceptable” comments he made to a female journalist after his side’s Serie A match on Sunday (Daily Mail)

Newcastle will try to sign on-loan Chelsea winger Kenedy on a permanent deal but will have to pay up to £15m for the Brazilian (Daily Mirror)

West Brom want manager Alan Pardew to stay his role, but plan to name a new boss in the summer (Daily Mirror)

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson believes Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should succeed Arsene Wenger as Gunners boss (Daily Express)

West Ham are embroiled in a £100million+ legal battle with their London Stadium landlords set for the High Court (Daily Telegraph)

Everton forward Gylfi Sigurdsson could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham’s players fear the toxic atmosphere at the London Stadium is going to damage their survival bid (The Guardian)