MANCHESTER CITY are ready to join a £100million battle with arch-rivals United to sign Neymar, according to reports.
Spanish papers had suggested that the Barcelona superstar’s father had urged his son to quit the Nou Camp and move to the Premier League.
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Neymar Snr wants his Neymar Jr to move away from Barca in order to get out from under the shadow of Lionel Messi.
Messi has netted 35 goals this season with Luis Suarez on 28 and Neymar four behind on 24.
United have been linked with a swoop for Neymar over the past few seasons but Mourinho always thought the Brazilian would stay at Barca.
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But now he has been given hope that he could land Neymar as he prepares to get United challenging for the title and potentially the Champions League next season.
But Neymar has a good relationship with City boss Guardiola who is now prepared to challenge United for his signature.
Neymar has netted 104 goals in 184 games for Barca after making the move from boyhood club Santos in 2013.
Mourinho’s No1 transfer target is Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann who has a £84m release clause.h
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The Special One is keen to trigger the clause but could now turn his attentions to trying to lure Neymar to Old Trafford instead.
Barcelona look unlikely to win the Spanish title after going out of the Champions League at the quarter-finals.
They are in the Copa del Rey final but it has been a poor season by their lofty standards.