Gary Lineker Laughs Off Manchester United’s Interest in Real Madrid Star Vinicius Jr

Gary Lineker Laughs Off Manchester United’s Interest in Real Madrid Star Vinicius Jr

Elijah Odetokun
updated at January 18, 2024 at 7:33 AM
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  • Manchester United are reportedly interested in Vinicius Jr
  • Real Madrid are considering selling the Brazilian attacker
  • An English legend has taken the news with a pinch of salt

The news broke yesterday of Manchester United’s reported interest in Real Madrid star, Vinicius Junior, and the first reaction of many fans was to laugh it off as a joke.

United are looking at opportunities in the market to boost their attack, with Antony failing to meet expectations and Anthony Martial hardly available and possibly leaving in the summer.

The Red Devils are primed for big moves after British billionaire, Sir Jim Ratcliffe completed the acquisition of a 25% stake in the club and took over football operations.

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Vinicius Jr celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid in the 4-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP.
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The INEOS chairman is expected to focus on revamping a squad that has yielded poor results for many years.

Lineker laughs off Vinicius to Man Utd

Per Sport, Madrid are looking to swoop for Kylian Mbappe this summer. Despite being poised to arrive on a free transfer, he is set to cost the club about £150 million over five years.

This has made Los Blancos consider parting ways with their Brazilian attacker, who plays the same position as the Frenchman, to fund the transfer.

United are reportedly interested in the 23-year-old and are willing to part with £130mil for him, which will greatly boost their attack under Erik ten Hag or whoever takes over if the Dutchman is sacked.

The news was shared on social media and amid varied fan reactions, England legend Gary Lineker could not believe what he was reading and commented with two laughing emojis.

In his last game, Vini helped Madrid beat rivals, FC Barcelona 4-1 in the Spanish Super Cup, scoring a first-half hat-trick. Could he be the next big thing at Old Trafford?

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Vinicius addresses controversial gesture

Sports Brief also reported on Vinicius getting Barcelona fans angry after flaunting the scoreline of the Super Cup final with his fingers after Madrid beat their rivals.

The Brazilian admitted that sometimes he is excessive with his actions and words, saying he wants to improve to be a role model to kids who watch him worldwide.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.