Neymar’s father has confirmed that the ‘mysterious’ €190m offer for the Barcelona superstar came from Manchester United last summer. Embroiled in a legal controversy regarding his transfer from Santos, Neymar has been the subject of much speculation with Manchester United being linked with an expensive move for the Brazilian international.
Speaking with Cadena Cope, Neymar’s father confirmed that the €190m offer was put forth by Manchester United last summer. The Brazilian superstar is currently negotiating a contract renewal with Barcelona and has also been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks.
United ready to pounce on Neymar
As revealed by Neymar’s father, Manchester United were keen to bolster their attack by signing Neymar from Manchester United last summer. The English giants would have had to meet Neymar’s buy-out clause in order to complete the move, making him the most expensive player in world. According to Marca, the player is yet to pen a new deal with Barcelona as transfer reports continue to link him with a move away from the Catalan club.
According to another report published by Marca, Neymar’s father claimed that ‘there was nothing stopping him (Neymar) from not signing a new deal and leaving the club (Barcelona)’ in the months to come.
Neymar could trigger a bidding war among the European elite
Neymar could start a bidding war between Manchester United and Real Madrid with Marca claiming that the Spanish giants are ‘prepared’ to trigger his buy-out clause. With his current contract running till 2018, it will be interesting to see if the Brazilian international is willing to part ways with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in order to join another club. Recent comments made by the player’s father could also be a ploy to push Barcelona into offering a more lucrative offer to Lionel Messi’s heir apparent.
However, should the player decide to leave Barcelona, other clubs like Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich could also enter the fray in order to compete with United and Real Madrid for his signature.