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Jose Mourinho has scoffed at suggestions that Manchester United could end up signing Neymar, and said it would be “impossible” to even attempt to do so.

The Red Devils have been mooted as a potential destination for the Barcelona superstar this season, with the latest gossip to do the rounds suggesting that an eye watering £173m bid is due to be made by the Premier League side for Neymar’s services.

However, speaking to ESPN Brazil (via ​Goal) about his side’s chances of luring Neymar to England, Mourinho quickly dismissed any notion that the forward would trade the bright lights of Catalunya for England and stated that any plausible attempt to sign him would be “like trying to break into a safe”.

He said: “I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs what can be given to me. Neymar is absurd. A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar.

“Although [Lionel] Messi is still a young player with years to go, he is already playing well at 30.

“Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona after Messi. I think it [signing Neymar] is like trying to break into a safe. Impossible.”
September 2016 saw the first rumours surrounding a potential Neymar transfer to Old Trafford surface online after his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, claimed that United and Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain came close to landing him during the summer transfer window.

Since then, gossip columns have gone into overdrive over Neymar’s future at the Nou Camp, with varying reports alleging that the 25-year-old would ask his current employers to sanction a move away from the La Liga giants for pastures new.

Media outlets began running the ‘Neymar to United’ story once more from the end of November as the January transfer window loomed into view, despite the player signing a five-year contract extension in October, but Neymar once again remained with Barcelona in spite of all the speculation and conjecture.
    “I think we’re really close to being a great team. If you look at the Liverpool game and Monaco before that, we take the chances we create, we’re sailing through and we’re still up there.

“But it’s small margins, innit? I think next season’s gonna be vastly different. We played brilliantly against Liverpool and could and should have won it – and there’s flashes of brilliance.

“Once he gets another couple of transfer windows I think we’ll be alright. I’m excited about next season, for sure.”

Gallagher also reserved special praise for two of City’s young guns after the pair came in for varying degrees of criticism at points during this term in spite of their positive statistics.

John Stones has often been vilified for his overplaying in defence, while summer recruit Leroy Sane took time to settle into his new surroundings following his big money move from Schalke.

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