The Brazilian winger was the subject of intense transfer speculation throughout the summer window, with many sources linking the forward with a move to the Premier League giants.
However, said reports now claim that Barcelona are looking to extend the forwards contract by offering him a bumper six-year deal worth an astonishing £150 million.
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Were this deal to go through, Neymar’s earnings would surge to the level of fellow superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and team-mate Lionel Messi, who are the current two highest paid footballers in the world.
Whilst this news will be sure to delight fans of the Catalan club, who will have been thoroughly impressed by Neymar's performances since his arrival in 2013, it will also come as a major blow to United having once again been snubbed by one of football’s biggest stars.
Previous targets Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, and Thomas Muller all opted to remain at their current clubs rather than make the move to Manchester in the summer, with Ramos having signed a lucrative new contract extension in the midst of the transfer speculation.
Any new deal offered by the Spanish side will have to include a set-fee release clause, in line with Spanish regulations, meaning that both Neymar and United could have a possible escape route if ever the Brazilian did have a change of heart.
There are, however, no rules dictating what this price can be set at, and with former United winger Ronaldo’s release clause reportedly standing at an amazing £1 billion, a similar clause in Neymar’s deal would completely dash United’s hopes of ever bringing the Brazilian sensation to the Theatre of Dreams.