Barcelona’s Brazilian magician Neymar has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United, while Chelsea and Manchester City are also apparently sniffing around the 25-year-old.
And Ex-Arsenal and Samba Boys midfielder Gilberto Silva believes he would be a ‘fantastic’ addition to the Premier League, should he exit the Camp Nou.
Silva, a Premier League winner with the Gunners ‘Invicibles’ in 2004, reckons the former Santos striker would fit in perfectly in England.
“He is superb and doing really well now. It’s great to see a player of his ability at the top of his game, and clearly enjoying it,” said Silva, who will be back playing in London this summer as one of Brazil’s icons at the new Star Sixes tournament for former internationals at The O2.
“Coming to the Premier League would be a great challenge for him, and it would fantastic for English football. He is just reaching his peak and it would be interesting to see how he would adapt to life in England and the style of football.”
However, a switch from Spain may be a big step for Neymar, but Silva admits that some of his fellow countrymen have made a positive impact in England.
Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Chelsea’s Willian and David Luiz are performing well in the top flight, while Manchester City recently added to their Samba selection with Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras.
“I think he is enjoying life in Barcelona, and being part of that great team. But you never know what will happen in football.
“There are now lots of Brazilians doing well in the Premier League. Gabriel Jesus is the latest, and it would be special to have Neymar too. It is up to him and Barcelona of course, but you never know.”
Gilberto Silva is the latest signing for Star Sixes at The O2, London from 13-16 July. Tickets are on sale from www.starsixes.com/tickets