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PSG’s Neymar to Man Utd is a non-starter – Here are two reasons why

According to The Sun, Neymar has offered himself to Manchester United. The Football Manc Cave explore two reasons why Ole Gunnar Solskjær should reject his offer.

Barcelona was rumoured to be interested in the striker, however, they failed to raise the £198 million transfer funds required. The 27-year-old desperately wants to leave his current club, PSG. However, the fact that Man United failed to make Champions League football last season may be one factor to why Neymar ends up elsewhere.

The Paris Saint Germain player is also meant to be unhappy at the fact he’s not considered the biggest name at his current club, as that has fallen to Kylian Mbappe. It appears that any big European club would be an option for Neymar. The final decision for the star to leave will have to come from club managers and owners after it was revealed that he requested to leave ‘weeks ago.’

A lot of fans are reacting to this story claiming it’s unrealistic, whether it is or it isn’t, here are two reasons why it’s not a good move for the player or the club…


In my opinion, this story will already put Man United fans off the striker as he’s apparently offered himself to the club knowing they don’t have Champions League football to look forward to. It kind of sounds like Neymar will make a change to the Manchester side only if he has to.

Why would you offer yourself to a club knowing they don’t have everything you’re looking for? With that in mind, I don’t think Solskjær and owners will allow the transfer of the PSG player to go ahead with the cost of him. £198 million plus his fees are too much for a player who is already causing controversy.


A lot of football fans know that the reputation of the player isn’t exactly good. On the pitch, yes, off the pitch, not so much. He’s a player that gains negative headlines. Admitting himself that he isn’t a good role model or inspiration to young people. Man United want to focus on playing good football again and finishing high in the league as they are used to, not covering negative headlines surrounding the player. As much as he may be an ideal addition to the team when he’s playing, his reputation and the cost is something to consider for the club.

Fans who aren’t keen on Neymar may be happy to read that Juventus are now also entering talks with him. I’m sure there will be more news in the next few days or even a couple of hours with how fast the Neymar news is changing.

2 reasons why Dani Alves to Man City is a waste of time all round

The Guardian has revealed how Dani Alves is out of contract at PSG and Man City have shown an interest.

Despite the fact he’s now 36, it looks like he still wants one more shot at big-time football. The right-back had achieved a lot under Pep Guardiola when they were together at Barcelona.

Even though Alves will be eager to have a season in the Premier League, however, there may be a few issues to why a move to Man City may not happen.

Putting the rumours aside that Tottenham has reportedly held talks with the defender. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two things that will stop the Brazilian from reuniting with Pep Guardiola…

No Room

He’s a right back and Man City already have a reserve in Danilo to fill in that position if needed, so there’s no potential room for Alves. If the 36-year-old does want to move to the Premier League, he will not want to spend his time warming the Man City bench.

Reaching the twilight years of his career, he will want to make the most of the time he has left. This is why he may benefit from weighing up his options and browsing other clubs in the top flight of English football.


In 2017, Alves turned down Manchester City’s advances to sign him.

So what’s changed now? Apart from the fact he’s out of contract and could potentially be looking at clubs in the Premier League, I don’t see why he would go back on the decision now. Especially when he’s not guaranteed playing time. This news is only fresh this week so I’m guessing we’ll be hearing more in the coming days regarding the Brazilian’s future.

Man Utd have 2 reasons why they should go for Chelsea midfielder

There are rumours of a transfer race for Chelsea midfielder, Tiémoué Bakayoko and Manchester United are one team named as being interested.

Today at the Football Manc Cave, we are looking at reasons why Man United should advance on signing him.

The 24-year-old has found himself in an unlikely transfer race with Arsenal, Man United and PSG all monitoring him in the hope to get his signature. He’s had a shaky start in his career, especially at Chelsea as he found himself in a couple of red card situations. As you can imagine, that didn’t leave the best impression on the fans and other teams.

The Frenchman spent last season on loan at AC Milan after his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge. It was there where Bakayoko improved which explains the sudden development of interest. The ex-Monaco player is now in pre-season training and being watched by new Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard.

So if he does decide that a change would do him good, why should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go all out for him?

He Will Give It His All

This might be an obvious statement to make. All footballers who want to make it should be putting 100% effort in. However, not only will he be determined to get appearances, but he will also want to prove his improving form.

When he played for Monaco in the 2016/17 season, in an interview, he revealed how he had been suffering from a knee injury. He had been having problems since 2015, although he only addressed the issue in 2017. He said, “people don’t know but throughout the whole of last season, I suffered because of my knee. I had to grit my teeth in every match.” Now that he appears to be over this, I’m sure he’ll give it his all even more.

Champions League

Man United missed out on qualifying for Champions League football at the end of last season. Fans will be hoping for a better campaign this football season that sees the Red Devil’s end up back where they belong. If they do, Bakayoko is no stranger to the competition. He was with Monaco since 2014 and in the 2016/17 season, he contributed to their Ligue 1 title win.

As an individual, he was then named in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League squad of the season before he joined Chelsea for £40 million. Let’s just hope he wants to be a part of a Man United side that wants to fight to be a part of Champions League football, rather than being put off by the fact they won’t be playing it next season.

Man City looking for experience to replace the departed Kompany

Man City have reportedly enquired about Juventus centre back, Bonucci.

With Vincent Kompany leaving his Manchester club at the end of last season, it’s obvious that Pep Guardiola is now looking for a replacement. For weeks, that player looked to be Harry Maguire. City and United have both been interested in him but Leicester wants around £100 million for their defender. This fee has put clubs off.

So this means that Leonardo Bonucci could be the cheaper option for Pep’s team. This could also be a good move for the Italian as Juventus could win the race in signing De Ligt. Say that the transfer does go ahead, the new Juventus boss, Maurizio Sarri will have 5 central defenders at his disposal, so he could and probably should be asked to balance the books by selling one of his defensive options.

The 32-year-old has had an impressive career. He was with Juventus from 2010 to 2017 where he had a total of 227 appearances. The defender also racked up 13 goals for the club in that time before going to Milan in 2017. After 35 games there and 2 goals, he went back to Juventus in 2018 and made 29 appearances, bagging 3 goals last season.

For me, he would be a better option for City than Maguire. Bonucci has racked up a lot of personal achievements over the years, he’s been placed in UEFA team of the year a few times, been in many Serie A team of the year picks and even got Serie A footballer of the year in 2016. As well as this, playing for Juventus and being in the league he’s in, he’s had tough competition so the Premier league could be an easier and new challenge for him.

If Pep Guardiola can get the deal to go ahead, he will also be happy as he has said previously that he considers Bonucci to be one of the ‘best players in the world’. He’s gone on to explain that he thinks this, ‘not just for defending but the ability he has to play from the back.’ Lets just hope City can win the race to sign him as he’s apparently also gaining interest from teams like PSG.

POLL: Which 2 players should Man Utd sign from these four transfer targets

Which of the following players do you want to see in Manchester United kits going into the 19/20 season?

Solskjaer wanted his transfers in by the start of their pre-season tour in Australia, but once again the Manchester United board have let the manager down as transfers are taking incredibly long to go through.

However, there is still time for some acquisitions before the Premier League kicks off in August, and here are four Manchester United targets you can vote for down below for who you want to see in a Manchester United kit.

Bruno Fernandes

In the 18/19 season, Bruno Fernandes featured in 53 games for Sporting Lisbon, where he scored 32 goals and provided 18 assists. The 24-year-old could solve Manchester United’s difficulty in scoring goals and putting pressure on defences. Fernandes created an average of 3.1 chances per game in Liga Nos last year, as well as averaging 3.4 shots per game, the second highest average in the Portuguese league last season.

Harry Maguire

Leicester is holding out for a world record fee in order to obtain the services of the England international. His ability to challenge in the air and to play from the back would be crucial to Manchester United’s defence, despite current red Victor Lindelof massively improving these areas of his game over the last season.

Sean Longstaff

The 21-year-old midfielder is very Michael Carrick-esque in the way he can distribute the ball and dictate the midfield. His services are rumoured to be worth around £25million. However, many Manchester United fans believe that it is not the ‘United way’ to buy other young talents and that we should be harnessing our own youth.

Adrien Rabiot

Rabiot is available for a free transfer after completing his contract duration at PSG. He is a world-renown established midfielder that would increase the value of the starting 11, as the only other world class outfield player at United is Paul Pogba, who could be exiting as Rabiot enters.

So, what do you think?

Have your say and vote for two of the four names below that you want to see step out on to the field for Manchester United next season.

Which 2 players would you like Man Utd to sign?

  • Fernandes (50%, 716 Votes)
  • Maguire (29%, 421 Votes)
  • Longstaff (15%, 210 Votes)
  • Rabiot (6%, 90 Votes)

Total Voters: 754

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POLL: Who gets the better deal in a Pogba/Neymar swap – Man Utd or PSG?

Manchester United are toying with the idea of a swap deal of Pogba for Neymar.

Reports suggest that Paris Saint-Germain has approached Man Utd with a swap deal, Neymar for Pogba.

We have seen Ed Woodward bring big names to Manchester United since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, such as Falcao, Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Di Maria, Schweinsteiger and most recently Alexis Sanchez.

With Paul Pogba admitting to wanting to seek a new challenge away from Man Utd during his tour in Japan, it is clear that the best course of action for both the Red Devils and the Frenchman is for them to part ways.

However, Pogba’s price is circulating at around £150million, a price not many are willing to pay. With Manchester United’s pre-season only two weeks away, selling him and replacing him will cost time which is currently crucial to Solskjaer’s rebuild. Therefore, a swap deal for another player may be the most efficient route, and there would be no better financial deal for Manchester United than to swap Pogba for the world’s most expensive player; Neymar, who cost PSG €222million to bring him in from Barcelona.

Regardless of your opinion on Pogba, he is pivotal to Manchester United. Without mentioning shirt sales, the Frenchman’s impact on the pitch will not easily be replaced. Pogba was entrusted with playing a role in 47 games for the reds in the 18/19 season, scoring 16 goals and gaining 11 assists. Last season, Pogba completed 60 dribbles, more than any other central midfielder, which truly demonstrates what impact he has in the middle of the park.

With concerns to Neymar, the Brazilian superstar, he is desperate to leave his club also. According to Catalan newspaper Sport, Neymar has agreed to a move back to Barcelona and he has accepted that there would be a 50% wage cut. But that isn’t the end of this story, as Barcelona would have to fork out a huge sum of money for Neymar, as well as Neymar having to drop a €26million court case with his former club.

Sport insist that Neymar’s push for a move is not money motivated but is for him to ‘restore his reputation as one of the best players in the world‘.

If Barcelona can’t afford Neymar, perhaps he would take a wage cut to join Manchester United, as the Brazilian appears desperate to get out of PSG, as Pogba seems desperate to leave United.

Neymar could slot in any of the front three roles at Manchester United and would undoubtedly add goals to the team. But would he fit in with the culture Solskjaer is trying to adopt in his new squad?

Paul Pogba would feel at home back in France, playing for his country’s best club, bolstering the midfield as rumours of Rabiot’s departure continue.

Who would get the best out of this deal?…

Who gets the better deal in a Pogba/Neymar swap?

  • Man Utd (68%, 109 Votes)
  • PSG (32%, 51 Votes)

Total Voters: 160

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2 reasons why Buffon joining Leeds United actually might happen

Gianluigi’s Buffon’s contract with PSG has come to an end this summer. With the 41-year-old not ready to retire, one lucky club could gain his services for free.

This man needs no introduction, Gianluigi Buffon has been regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in modern football, with seventeen years between the sticks at Juventus and one for PSG.

Buffon has recently said the following:

‘Ernest Hemingway wrote that there are only two places in the world where people can live happily: at home and in Paris. Today onwards, this will also apply to me: Paris, in some way, will always remain my home.’

Regarding this, it seems that the world-famous goalkeeper would be truly happy in either Paris or Italy. However, the three clubs involved with him currently are Fluminense of Brazil, Portuguese giants Porto, and the historically acclaimed Leeds United who should be pushing for promotion to the English Premier League next season.

Out of these three clubs, Leeds may be the most appealing option to Buffon, and here are two reasons why…

Close to Home

Buffon clearly wants to be close home – Paris or Italy. Which could eliminate a move to the South American club Fluminense.

Leaving Porto, who finished 2nd in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season, and Leeds United, who came 3rd in the Championship last year, narrowly missing a promotion.

The Challenge

Gianluigi Buffon is a 41-year-old goalkeeper who is still going strong, and he has been one of the most respected players at very successful clubs. As he closes in on the end of a very long career, he may be interested in a new type of challenge.

With FC Porto and Leeds United left to entice him, he may consider the Portuguese league with Porto as an ‘easier’ option. Whereas he could go down in English football history by securing promotion for Leeds United to the Premier League.

Arsenal in for PSG’s Christopher Nkunku, Is he a good option?

It has been reported that Arsenal are to try and sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Christopher Nkunku.

It’s been said that Arsenal hasn’t got a lot of money to spend on players this summer although, Nkunku’s expected price and actual price are massively different. Previous claims state that he was worth £30 million. Now it is believed that Arsenal will only have to bid £13.5 million for the midfielder and that could be enough to secure his services at the Emirates. Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig has also shown some interest in signing the Frenchman, so Arsenal will have to bear that in mind. 

The now 21-year-old, started his youth in 2003 with AS Marolles and was there six years until 2009. He then spent a year at RCP Fontainebleau before joining PSG in 2010. He’s been there ever since. 

In the 2015-2016 season, Nkunku played for PSG’s B team and made 27 appearances. He managed five goals that season also. He’s since had 55 appearances for PSG and eight goals, although not a great return but Nkunku is still young.  

The player’s current contract doesn’t expire until 2020. However, he’s made it quite clear that he wants regular football. It’s something that Arsenal could offer him as they look to change their dynamics under Unai Emery, with the former PSG manager knowing a little more than the rest about Nkunku. The midfielder could also be a great option for cash struck Arsenal. 

Man United fans divided on James signing from ‘this project requires patience’ to ‘Look at Real Madrid’s signings’

Fans are divided between excitement and outrage as Manchester United sign Daniel James, whilst the elites of Europe are bolstering up their squads with guaranteed shirt sellers.

Whilst Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus and Barcelona are successfully signing and chasing the likes of Hazard, Griezmann, De Ligt, De Gea and many more of the world’s most elite players. Manchester United’s one signing has been the young Welshman Daniel James from Swansea City for £15million plus £3million in add-ons. Many see this is a positive move which can protect the future of Manchester United, however many others are disappointed in the lack of quality being brought into the club compared to the other billionaire clubs around Europe.

However, not all fans are focusing on the whereabouts of their rivals, as some see Daniel James as a first step in rebuilding a once great Manchester United.

Two Gk’s Man Utd Shouldn’t Look Past as Oblak Rumours Persist

As concern about David De Gea’s future at Manchester United grows, speculation of his replacement follows suit in the form of Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak.

David De Gea has been considered one of the world’s best goalkeepers for the past few years and, is renowned as a saviour in the red side of Manchester. In the 2017/18 Premier League season, De Gea accumulated an impressive 18 clean sheets, with only 28 goals conceded; a stark contrast to his 2018/19 Premier League season, as he only managed to keep 7 clean sheets and conceded a whopping 52 goals.

With Manchester United failing to join the elites of Europe in the Champions League next season. De Gea is rumoured to be seeking pastures new with the French giants Paris Saint-Germain, as their own goalkeeping master Gianluigi Buffon exits the side this summer. As a result, Manchester United’s reported interest in the Slovenian Jan Oblak has increased but is he the best option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s summer rebuild?

Here are two alternatives which may solve Manchester United’s goalkeeping drama…

Dean Henderson

In the delight of Ed Woodward’s wallet, the young Sheffield United superstar goalkeeper would not have an effect, as he already plays for Manchester United.

Dean Henderson’s loan at the Championship side Sheffield United saw him gain 21 clean sheets and see his temporary team be promoted to the Premier League for the first time since 2006. However, despite an impressive season, Solskjaer saysHe’s obviously won promotion with Sheffield United and that’s been fantastic for him. If he plays a year in the Premier League for them, it might be the best thing“, meaning we may see more of him after proving himself at a Premier League level.

Mike Maignan

Manchester United have reportedly shown an interest in the French side Lille’s 23-year-old goalkeeper, who kept a respectable 17 clean sheets in 42 appearances for the side who managed to finish second in the league behind PSG and above Lyon.

According to reports, Lille have quoted a transfer fee of €35million. Manchester United fans may be uncertain about entrusting a young and fairly unknown goalkeeper with the huge responsibility of being between the sticks at Old Trafford. However, this was a very similar case when a young David De Gea began to start for Manchester United at age 19.

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