Manchester United are prepared to pay as much as £240m to land Barcelona superstar Neymar this summer, according to reports brought to light in the Independent.
Louis van Gaal has made it no secret that he is determined to strengthen his strike-force, with United captain Wayne Rooney yet to get off the mark this season and Javier Hernandez the only other experienced option in attack.
Having seen little progress in their pursuit of Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, United are believed to have switched targets to Barcelona’s Neymar, and The Sun is reporting that officials at Old Trafford have approved a huge £240m to try and tempt the Catalan club to part ways with the Brazil international.
The report goes on to add that United will pay the £130m release clause in Neymar’s contract, though that fee will increase to a record-breaking £165m with tax add-ons that would smash the world’s most expensive transfer fee of the £86m that Real Madrid paid Tottenham two years ago for Gareth Bale.
Should Barcelona decide to cash in on Neymar, United are prepared to award him a five-year contract worth an incredible £75m.