New Delhi: After losing out to Chelsea in securing the signature of Spanish forward Pedro, Manchester United are now being linked to another Barcelona star – Neymar.
According to British media reports, the Old Trafford club is willing to break the bank to land the Brazilian before the transfer window ends on September 2.
The 20-time Premier League champions are prepared to spend £240m needed to strike a deal with the Catalan giants for the services of the Brazil captain.
There is a £130m release clause in the striker's current contract. Hence the fee will rise to a record-breaking £165m with tax add-ons, which would surpass what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale.
Reports further add that Louis van Gaal is ready to offer the 23-year-old a five-year contract worth an incredible £75m.
Considering United's problems in the striking department, it is no secret that the manager is in the market for a proven forward.
Skipper Wayne Rooney is struggling at the moment and new recruit Memphis Depay is seen as an attacking winger by the club.
Van Gaal has shown that he is capable of acquiring big players like Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao when least expected.
History suggests that the biggest Premier League deals are often brokered on Deadline Day.
Will the Dutchman pull off another coup?