Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar was close to a mega-money move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with Manchester United also confirmed to have made contact with the 24-year-old.
Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar’s agent, recently confirmed with Brazilian reporters that his client received offers from all over Europe this summer, shortly before the 24-year-old committed his future to Barcelona.
Neymar signed a five-year deal with the Catalans in July, ending speculation about his future.
Ribeiro told the media that Neymar was close to a move to Paris Saint-Germain, who offered the player a massive £650,000-a-week (€40 million a year).
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Neymar’s agent also confirmed that Manchester United made contact with him over the availability of the player, but the Brazilian instead opted to sign a new deal with Barcelona.
“He was very close to PSG. He would have earned €40m a year, free,” Ribeiro told ESPN Brazil.
“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.”
Reports also claim that Paris Saint-Germain were prepared to pay almost €200 million in order to secure Neymar’s signature.
The French side were keen to replace Zlatan Ibrahimović, who left on a free transfer to Manchester United this past summer. However, if they are to continue pursuing Neymar, they would have to significantly increase their offer.
Neymar’s new deal with Barcelona contains a buyout clause of €200 million, which increases to €222 million during the second year, and reaches €250 million by the year 2019.
Neymar joined the Catalans back in 2013 in a controversial €85 million move. He has since helped them win two La Liga titles, one Champions League trophy, and two Copa del Rey cups.
He has made just under 150 appearances for the Spanish side, and scored a total of 85 goals.