Sheikh Jassim picks between Neymar, Kane and Osimhen to be first signing
Manchester United could be set for a sensational start to the transfer window under their new owner, Jack McEachen reports for the Express Uk.
Manchester United’s potential new owner Sheikh Jassim of Qatar has already reportedly decided on the club’s first signing if he is successful in taking over from the Glazer family. Jassim is expected to lodge a third bid ahead of today’s (Friday) deadline, which in all likelihood will be another world-record offer and the royal is confident that he will beat the likes of Sir Jim Ratcliffe to the deal and be named the preferred bidder.
The likes of Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen headline a shortlist also involving the likes of Goncalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani of Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively, but Ten Hag may be surprised when he discovers Jassim’s idea for the club’s first statement signing under his ownership.
The Sun have claimed that Jassim has identified Neymar as his ideal first transfer, as he is planning a sensational offer if he is successful in taking over from the Glazer family ahead of Friday’s deadline.
Neymar could be plying his trade at Manchester United next season.
Neymar is considered to be one of the most talented players in the game and it would certainly represent ambition if Jassim were to bring the Brazilian to Old Trafford. He has been out of action for Paris Saint-Germain since picking up an ankle ligament injury last month which required surgery but is expected to be fit for next season.
PSG’s attacking trident of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe has not worked out as planned as the trio have failed to secure the Champions League – while the Argentine is expected to leave Paris on a free transfer at the end of the season and Neymar could follow him out of the door.
Harry Kane has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United.
Neymar would not fit the conventional striker that Ten Hag appears to be eyeing with previous links to the likes of Kane and Osimhen, potentially putting him at odds with Jassim over their first potential signing – though there is a chance that Neymar could be signed in addition to a traditional number nine.
While Ten Hag reportedly made a triple transfer request ahead of the window, as The Independent have claimed that the Dutchman is hoping for a new striker, centre-back and goalkeeper to go into next season with ambitions of challenging for the Premier League title.
Whether Neymar is seen as that striker by Ten Hag and Jassim remains to be seen, but the potential Qatari-backed bid clearly have big plans to make a splash at United if they are successful with their offer.