Back in September, Manchester United were linked with the bargain of all bargains – or at least something akin to that.
Barcelona starlet Sergi Roberto was tipped for a January move to Old Trafford for just £6million.
With just 18 months left on his current contract by then, and with his agent reportedly seeking out potential suitors, the report claimed United were his club of choice, and that Barca would do business for what appeared to be a ridiculously low price.
Just how ridiculous has been revealed by Neymar’s most recent quotes regarding the 21-year-old.
In a report by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, it is claimed the Brazilian reserves special praise for Roberto, regarding him as one of Barcelona’s brightest young stars.
The story also states that Neymar’s encouragement has motivated Roberto and that the former Santos star is “captivated” by the Spaniard’s “physical and technical deployment”.
Given such high praise – along with the claim that Javier Mascherano feels very much the same regarding his young teammate – the suggestion that he could be allowed to leave for so little seems absurd.
That said, at 21, Roberto may soon have a decision to make; one similar to Thiago Alcantara last summer.
If Neymar has his way, he will be playing alongside the midfielder for many seasons to come. And when one of the best players in the world sings your praises, you know you are doing something right.
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