Mourinho has had talks with 25-year-old La Liga and Brazil superstar

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Catalan newspaper Sport revealed yesterday that Mourinho had phoned Neymar on a number of occasions to try to persuade him to make the switch to Old Trafford.

Neymar’s current release clause is £173million and that figure will be rising to £190million from July the 1st this year.

The newspaper also claimed that Manchester United are willing to give Neymar triple what he earns now at Barcelona. He currently earns around £250,000 a week but united would be willing to pay him over £650,000 (which sounds extremely absurd).

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Manchester United were linked with Neymar both last summer and in the summer of 2015. The Red Devils had reportedly put down an offer to both the Brazil international and to Barcelona that would have seen them pay his then release fee, which at €192million was only slightly lower than at present. However, Neymar decided to sign a new deal at the Nou Camp.

Paris Saint-Germain will be monitoring the situation, as will Chelsea. The west London side were reported last week to be preparing a bid of their own for Neymar.