May 11, 2021

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The much-anticipated transfer merry-go-round that is set to involve Manchester United this summer has taken an early turn as claims Neymar has signed a new contract at PSG.

Although it has not yet been confirmed, Neymar has reportedly signed the same € 30m-per-year deal, until 2026.

In addition, PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said Mark two days ago that “”[I am] equally optimistic with both [Neymar and Kylian Mbappe].

“Both players are very committed to the club… I am optimistic that they will stay.

‘I think [Mbappe’s] will play at PSG [next season]”.

If the extension of Neymar is less surprising, that of Mbappe will be a shock for Real Madrid, who had made the Frenchman their number one target this summer.

This has a ripple effect on United in several ways. If PSG re-sign their galactic two, it is unlikely that they will also have funds to sign Paul Pogba from United if he does not sign a new deal himself.

It also means that Los Blancos are likely to shift their focus back to their second priority Erling Haaland, a United target who would prefer Madrid as their next destination.

It also potentially pushes Pogba to a place on Los Blancos’ wishlist and reopens that potential avenue to him.

Athletic today quotes a leading agent who explains the effect that a transfer – or non-transfer – can have on the rest of the market. If Mbappe goes to Madrid, Haaland goes to City, then do PSG buy Kane?

“Then everything moves again. He needs something like that.

“Yes, part of the money will be withheld to settle the debts. But you know what it is, once you spend, they all spend.

The financial woes caused by the pandemic, coupled with the unusually high number of global elites entering the final year of their contracts, make this summer’s window unique and highly unpredictable. The news that Neymar and Mbappe appear set to stay at PSG is a huge piece of the puzzle that could be about to fall into place.