There have been speculations over Mourinho’s desire to meet up with Neymar’s release clause of £173m at the end of the season, before the attention of the Manchester United manager was shifted to Athletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.
However, when the 45-year-old former Chelsea boss was asked about a potential move for the 25-year-old Barcelona star to Manchester United his response was utterly dismissive.
Mourinho told ESPN Brazil that “I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs for what can be given to me. Neymar is absurd.
He further stated that “A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar.
Mourinho added that “Although Lionel Messi is still a young player with years to go, he is already 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona after Messi.
Daily Star also quoted that Manchester United are willing to pay Neymar a mammoth £416,000-a-week to quit the Nou Camp. But it seems the possibility of any deal being pursued is minimal if Mourinho’s quotes mirror Ed Woodward’s stance.