Bayern Munich were advised to sign Barcelona star Neymar when he was just 16, reports Goal.com.
According to former Bavarians striker Elber, the Brazilian sensation was recommended by his compatriot, when he was still a relatively unknown teenager, plying his trade at Santos.
"Neymar was already on a different level than all of his peers at the age of 16," Elber was quoted as saying by Welt.
"But he was already quite expensive as well due to his contractual obligations."
Neymar was actually linked with a move to Bayern Munich during the summer, before he completed his €57million switch to Camp Nou back in June.
It would have seen him join forces with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena, but instead the 21-year-old is scintillating fans of the Catalan club in La Liga.
With four goals in 11 Primera Division appearances so far in 2013/14, Neymar has hit the ground running at Barcelona, and continues to impress in Gerardo Martino's side this season.
His fine form will only add further insult to injury, as Bayern Munich rue their decision not to take a chance on the South American starlet, through fears he would not continue his rapid development in Germany.
"Bayern talked about signing him long and hard, but eventually opted against a transfer," Elber added.
"Nobody knew whether he would keep on developing like he did at the time."