Ed Woodward rejected chance to swap Neymar for £89m midfielder

Manchester United have turned down Paris Saint-Germain’s offer to swap Neymar for Paul Pogba, who has made it clear that he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer and is wanted by Zinedine Zidane at Santiago Bernabeu.

Neymar, meanwhile, had told French champions’ hierarchy that he does not want to stay at the club as the Brazil international favours a return to Barcelona. PSG have attempted to offload Neymar by offering him to Manchester United in a potential exchange deal with Paul Pogba.

But executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has declined PSG’s proposal for two main reasons. The first is that the South American’s £900,000-a-week salary is too expensive for the British side, and could cause even more problems with the club’s wage structure.

Ed Woodward also declined the opportunity to sign the world-class No.10 as he wants to keep the French rebel at Old Trafford. The midfielder has spent three seasons at Manchester United after returning in an £89 million deal from Juventus back in 2016.

But speaking earlier this month, the World Cup winner indicated that he is set to leave the club. ‘After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else,’ he said.

PSG are open to cash in on Neymar after he told Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he wants to return to Barcelona and the club’s president opened the door for Neymar’s departure for the first time.