Meanwhile, United boss Louis Van Gaal has made no secret of his desire to sign another attacker, but it remains to be seen if he is able to bring someone in before the deadline passes.
Neymar will miss Barcelona’s opening La Liga game of the season on Sunday with mumps, but Luis Enrique is looking forward to getting him back in the team.
The report also claims that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s frequent visits to Barca in the last two months has been an under-the-radar attempt to snare Neymar with an ambitious bid, despite all the talk being about United’s chase for Pedro.
Although the deal seems to come out of left field, a Barcelona source seems to have suggested Manchester United are interested in the player. The Manchester United fans should have hope because the selection is more balanced than a year ago and in spite of the result the performance was good and that is more important than anything to do with buying or selling.
That being said, Barcelona have the ability to resist the calling of any competitor, and if Ribeiro is to be believed, Neymar won’t be the one pushing for an exit anytime soon.
And finally, Karim Benzema is reportedly being monitored by United as Van Gaal assesses his attacking options. His evolution will dictate when he will be ready to play. “Manchester United is the biggest dream”.
Man United and Borussia Dortmund are in a battle to sign 17-year-old winger Rafik Zekhnini, who impressed for Norwegian side Odd in the Europa League against Dortmund.
“Real Madrid and Pepe have agreed the extension of the player’s contract until June 30, 2017”, Real wrote on Twitter.