Well, this news will surely disappoint Manchester United fans as according to reports Barcelona superstar Neymar was on the verge of signing a deal with the Red Devils. The reports also claimed that reigning French champions Paris St-Germain offered the Brazil international a whooping £650,000 a week deal to secure his signings this summer.
However, putting an end to all those speculations, the striker signed a new massive five year contract with the Spanish giants. The bumper contract will see Neymar’s buyout clause rise to €200 million for the first year and then €222 million for the second year followed by a massive €250 million for the remainder of the contract.
Neymar’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, revealed that PSG were ready to break the bank for the star player as they were willing to pay a world record fee of £160 million to lure the forward to Paris.
“He was very close to PSG. He would have earned €40m a year,” Ribeiro told ESPN Brasil.
“Neymar was also close to a move to Manchester United. But he renewed his contract for less money with Barcelona, because he wanted to stay in Barcelona.”
Meanwhile, PSG have denied the claims and said that such a deal would have been obscene. He said the footballer used the club to strengthen his position at Barcelona.
Talking to French news outlet L’Equipe, a source from the club claimed: “It’s totally false.
“With employer contributions on top, that salary would have cost more than €60m a year. It’s obscene. Neymar used us to strengthen his hand with Barcelona.”
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly been trying to start a galactico era at the Old Trafford and landing the forward at Manchester would have been a big step. The Red Devils are also linked with Real Madrid star Gareth Bale as they continue their pursuit of signing big names.