Insider reveals how close Man United came to signing Neymar last summer

Reporter Duncan Castles sheds light on Jose Mourinho's attempts to bring Neymar to Manchester United last summer

Brazil duo Philippe Coutinho and Neymar Photo: Neymar / Instagram

Jose Mourinho made a concerted attempt to sign Neymar for Manchester United from FC Barcelona last summer, Duncan Castles has revealed.

The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move to sign the Brazil international in the 2017 summer transfer window to bolster Mourinho’s options.

Neymar was reported to have held discussions with Mourinho about a potential lucrative switch to the 20-time English champions.

The Brazil international ended up completed a world record £198 move to Paris Saint-Germain from FC Barcelona.

PSG made Neymar the best-paid player in the world on terms that even Manchester United couldn’t compete against the French side.

Transfer Window reporter Castles has shed light on the negotiations between Mourinho and Neymar last summer.

“Jose tried really had to get Neymar last summer. He had a lot of conversations with the player,” Castles told the Transfer Window podcast.

“They were blown out of the water by PSG in terms of scale of salary. I am sure the interest remains.

“When Neymar went to Brazil after suffering his injury, the PSG chief executive flew out to Brazil to convince Neymar to stay at the club.

“One of the things he asked for was a change of manager and the manager he proposed was Mourinho.

“So the conversations they had last year had an effect on the player.”

Manchester United won the Europa League and the League Cup in their first season under the Portuguese head coach last term.

The Red Devils’ second-placed finish is a marked improvement under Mourinho after his appointment in May 2016.

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