Manchester United Transfer News: Neymar Pursuit Relentless, Latest Rumours

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2016

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates a goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Granada CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on January 9, 2016. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE / AFP / LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are continuing their desperate pursuit of Barcelona star Neymar and are reportedly "crazy" about signing the Brazilian. 

The Red Devils have long been linked with the 23-year-old, and Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (via Luke Gardener of the Daily Star) claims they are "doing everything" to sign him. 

The report indicates Neymar "could cost upwards of £100 million," which is no surprise given how impressive he has been over the past year—he recently placed third in the Ballon d'Or voting. 

He is in the midst of contract negotiations with Barcelona, and Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe recently suggested Neymar is using United's interest as leverage to get a better deal and has no intention of moving to Old Trafford:

It would be no surprise if that were the case.

While United could afford to pay Barca a huge transfer fee for Neymar and offer him attractive personal terms, it just does not seem likely the Brazil captain would want to leave the Camp Nou.

Along with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, Neymar makes up part of the best attacking trio in the world, and Barca are in a position in the 2015-16 campaign to repeat their extraordinary treble victory of last season.

Meanwhile, United are nine points off the top of the Premier League table, out of the Champions League and some way from the European powerhouse they used to be.

Though Neymar could feasibly be attracted by the prospect of returning United to their former glories, it just does not seem likely he would leave Barcelona, where his prospects are arguably better than they would be at any other club.

Despite the persistent rumours, the Red Devils will surely have to look elsewhere in their attempts to bolster their stale attack.

Meanwhile, United are also reportedly targeting Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos and could make a bid of £40 million for the German star, per Spanish outlet Fichajes (via the Daily Telegraph).

The report indicates Kroos has instructed his agent, Volker Struth, to find him a new club, as he is unhappy at the Bernabeu. United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have all made their interest known.

It is an unsurprising link given how perfectly Kroos would seemingly fit into manager Louis van Gaal's possession-based framework, per Squawka:

However, as with Neymar, it just does not seem likely that the 26-year-old would be open to swapping the Bernabeu for Old Trafford given that Real are still firmly in the mix for both the La Liga title and the Champions League this season.

Furthermore, Zinedine Zidane has only just been installed as manager at the Bernabeu, and even if Kroos is unhappy, he will surely be looking to stay on until at least the summer to see how things play out under the new regime.