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Neymar says he is open to United move

SoccerBy Shuki Byrne
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Barcelona's Neymar has said he is open to the idea of a transfer to Manchester United.

According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, the Brazilian winger is the subject of a long-term strategy developed by United aimed at securing his services. 

Manchester United would ideally hope to sign him by September 1, but realistically they are more hopeful of signing him next summer.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique refused to be drawn on the issue after his team beat Athletic Bilbao in the opening game of the season. 

“It doesn’t interest me to talk about rumours, nor these types of situations,” he told reporters  at his post-match press conference.

Neymar has three years left on his contract, and United would have to pay a sizeable fee to bring him to the Premier League. He has played a major role in Barcelona's success since his big-money move from Santos. 

The 23-year-old would consider joining United, according to sources close to the forward. He is apparently "attracted by the size and history of United and the chance to play in the Premier League."

Ed Woodward was reportedly in Barcelona last week during which he discussed the proposed, audacious bid.