“Fred will leave in June. If not to Manchester City, then to Manchester United,” the club’s chief executive, Sergei Palkin, told Corriere dello Sport.
“He is ready for the best championships. In addition to being very good, Fred is very professional.”
The 25-year-old has been linked to City multiple times in recent months, with the midfielder himself issuing a come and get me plea to Pep Guardiola earlier this year.
He is considered a long-term option as a holding midfielder for both City and United. City’s Fernandinho is 32 years old and Yaya Toure will likely be moved on this summer, while United’s Michael Carrick is retiring at the end of the season.
The two Premier League clubs battled it out for Alexis Sanchez in January, with the Chilean choosing to join Jose Mourinho and United after a long courtship by City proved fruitless. Now, they’re set to duel over a transfer yet again.
The star’s father, Neymar Santos Sr, posted pictures late Monday of the meeting on Instagram. “Visit of the day! Thanks PSG,” he wrote.
In one picture, Neymar gives the thumb’s up, flanked by Al-Khelaifi and his father. Another picture shows the club president with Antero Henrique, sports director at PSG, and Jean-Martial Ribes, the club spokesman.
On Tuesday they were expected to visit Neymar’s charity center, the Neymar Junior Institute, in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo state.
The world’s most expensive player broke a bone in his right foot on February 25 and faces weeks of recuperation following surgery in early March.
Unconfirmed media reports are swirling in Europe that Neymar has also grown disenchanted with PSG, who crashed out of the Champions League as the forward missed the second leg on March 6, and wants to return to Barcelona or even join rivals Real Madrid.
Brazil’s national team is hoping the striker will be back to full fitness in time to help lead the campaign at the World Cup starting in Russia on June 14.
The Spaniard has been a long-term target for the La Liga club, and his current deal runs out at the end of next season, although United have an option of extending that deal by a year.
They are also looking to tie him down to a longer-term contract that could keep him at the club until at least 2023.
“I see him staying here,” Mourinho told Spanish TV station La Sexta.
“I do not know what the intentions of Real Madrid are but they should think about another player.”