Money is no object for Manchester United, what with their ridiculous commercial income and the even more ridiculous TV income that is about to come the way of English Premier League clubs. As a result of the near-endless finances, Manchester United are willing to spend big to try and sign some of the best players in the world.
The primary target in that best-players-in-the-world list is Neymar, with Manchester United already seeing a summer bid for the Brazilian turned down by the Spanish and European champions.
Neymar has run into some tax problems in Spain, with various other issues over his transfer from Santos also cropping up. As the forward continues to negotiate a new deal with Barcelona – a much more lucrative one, no doubt – Manchester United are keen to tempt Neymar to the English Premier League.
In order to do that, Manchester United are willing to make Neymar the club's best paid player, while also being ready to meet the astronomical release clause in his current contract, worth £140million, according to the Daily Star, who quote a report in French publication Le10 Sport.
A move for Neymar, while not being inconceivable, remains unlikely, because the feeling coming out of Spain is that the posturing from the Brazilian and his team is to make sure the player gets as big a contract as possible from Barcelona.
Barca, though, are not in the strongest of positions financially at the moment, which has, in turn, even led to Neymar being linked with a never-gonna-happen transfer to Real Madrid.
If Neymar does leave Barcelona, be that at the end of this season or a few seasons after that, his next destination is likely to be the Premier League, unless PSG decide to throw their hats in the ring as well.
Manchester United have the resources to be able to pull of such a mega move, but the most difficult aspect will be to convince Neymar, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester City, that Old Trafford is the place where he can win numerous trophies moving forward in his career, considering the struggles of the club since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.