Neymar to Manchester United is one of those persistent football rumours that's typically met with a 'yeah … whatever you say, mate' response.
The Brazilian has been linked with a move to the club since Sir Alex Ferguson's days and given United aren't the European powerhouse they were back then, bringing him to Old Trafford has always felt like a bit of a pipedream.
But with the Red Devils on the rise under Erik ten Hag, and, to be brutally honest, with Neymar's stock falling following a topsy-turvy season at PSG, that may no longer be the case, especially with Casemiro reportedly leading the charm offensive. With that in mind, here are three ways United could line up next season with Neymar in their side.
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Neymar on the left
Glitz and glamour aside, Neymar's arrival could cause a bit of a headache for Ten Hag as he'd be vying for a place on the left-hand side with Marcus Rashford, who's netted the majority of his 29 goals this season from that position.
Assuming Neymar gets the nod, Rashford would probably be moved up top which would likely negate the need for a new centre forward. United fans might grimace at that idea, but doing so would free up funds for players in other positions, like in central midfield and in goal.
Mason Mount, who'd be available on the cheap with his Chelsea contract entering its final year, could slot in alongside Casemiro in the all-action box-to-box role we've seen Fred deployed in this season, while highly-rated Valencia keeper Giorgi Mamardashvili could come in to replace David de Gea, who's looked well past his best for some time now.
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Neymar on the right
As mentioned earlier, Rashford has been so impressive on the left this season that Ten Hag may decide to keep him there and play Neymar on the right instead.
It wouldn't be a completely natural fit for him but such is the fluidity of United's frontline under Ten Hag that he'd get plenty of opportunity to come inside and attack from central areas, just as he tends to do from the left at PSG.
It also means United can bring in an out-and-out centre forward, but considering Neymar won't exactly come cheap (namely in terms of wages) we reckon a more cost-effective alternative to the likes of Victor Osimhen and Harry Kane (both of whom are likely to cost over £100m) could be the way to go, and Benfica's Gancalo Ramos fits the bill.
Neymar as a false nine
Again, starting next season without a recognised centre forward might fill a few United supporters with dread, but Neymar isn't exactly goal-shy and, given his physical peak is now behind him, could suit the role well.
Besides, Ten Hag's Ajax side used a false nine system to great effect during their epic Real Madrid and Juventus-conquering run to the Champions League semis in 2018/19, so it wouldn't exactly be unknown territory for the Dutch coach either.
With no need to splash the cash on a new striker, United could bolster their midfield by nabbing Ruben Neves from Wolves, and reinforce their back-line by adding Napoli's impressive centre back Kim Min-jae.
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