TalkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist has warned Premier League clubs, including Newcastle United, against buying Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar.
PSG are trying to get the Brazilian’s £606,000 a week salary off the wage bill, and it is said they may even be willing to loan him out with an option to buy.
Pundit not convinced by Neymar
However, ex Rangers boss Ally McCoist has urged English teams to steer clear of the former Barcelona forward saying:
“He is not a good signing for Man United. He’s not a good signing for Chelsea. He’s not a good signing for Newcastle. You can forget about him going Arsenal or Man City.”
Neymar still has 4 years left on his ridiculously lucrative contract which pays him approximately £32 million a year.
You can see why McCoist thinks committing to paying his gargantuan salary could be a huge mistake for any of the 3 Premier League clubs who are linked with a move for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup winner with Brazil.
Who has the financial strength?
It is believed that the only Premier League sides with the resources to sign Neymar would be the Magpies, Chelsea and Manchester United. Out of those three, the North East club are the best placed to make a move.
Considering the hard work that manager Eddie Howe has put in building a team capable of finishing in the top four, you can see why McCoist believes it would not be a good idea to bring in someone like Neymar.
The 31-year-old is undoubtedly a very talented footballer but the baggage that comes with recruiting such a high-profile player may not be worth it.
Are Chelsea interested in signing Neymar?
We could however still potentially see Neymar in the Premier League. Reports suggest new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is a serious fan of the Brazilian forward and may be considering a move to add a bona fide footballing megastar to his Chelsea project.
While appearing a genuinely gifted world beater of a footballer on his day, Neymar has too rarely delivered on the biggest stages with club or country.
Injecting his personality into a young and already somewhat confused Chelsea dressing room seems like looking for trouble.
The fact that manager in waiting Mauricio Pochettino did not seem to work well with Neymar during their time together at PSG means that a move to West London does seem like a long shot.
Could Man United bid for the Brazilian?
Erik ten Hag has been linked with adding the likes of Goncalo Ramos and Victor Osimhen to his team. Such players are much younger and don’t come with the off field drama which is likely to be part of the Neymar “package” given the Brazilian’s global brand, popularity and high profile.
Like Chelsea it’s hard to see the United boss wanting to gamble on bringing Neymar to Old Trafford when there are younger options available who still have a massive upside.
However the Glazers have never been shy about spending big in the transfer market and the prospective new Qatari owners are known to want to sign a superstar or two if their United bid is successful. Who knows maybe Neymar could end up in the Premier League.
United will be looking to sign a goal-scorer this summer but they will not want a repeat of the Cristiano Ronaldo affair which ten Hag dealt with admirably despite the obvious distraction it caused.
Should the Magpies be possible suitors?
Newcastle would destroy their wage structure by signing Neymar yet do remain one of the few teams who could conceivably finance a deal for the former La Liga star.
Hoping Neymar stays injury free and fits into the carefully created squad dynamics that Eddie Howe has put together seems like a lot to ask given his history and injury record while earning such an exorbitant salary.
It would surely be foolish to mess with what they are building at St James Park by gambling on a 31 year old player who yes is a genuine world class talent on his day but has never consistently delivered on his undoubted ability.
So Ally McCoist is right Newcastle United should not be suitors for Neymar. The Toon should allow manager Eddie Howe to continue to build the team gradually showing patience with the current squad while adding carefully considered new signings who he wants to work with at the club.