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Neymar ready to open contract talks with Barcelona

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Neymar is ready to open contract talks with Barcelona with regards to an extension, but will demand a hefty pay rise following interest from Manchester United, reports The Mirror.

The Red Devils reportedly launched an ambitious attempt to bring the Brazilian superstar to Old Trafford this summer and were ready to pay upwards of £140million to do it.

Unfortunately for fans of the Premier League, the deal never materialised, but Neymar himself is believed to have been open to the idea of becoming Manchester United's marquee man.

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Now the 23-year-old is ready to tie himself down to a fresh contract at the Nou Camp, but will tell Barcelona officials to increase his wage in recognition of United's interest.

Neymar's father, who represents him, wants to see his son's pay packet increased to over £200,000-a-week after tax, making him the second highest paid player at the club behind only Leo Messi.

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Global appeal

Barcelona are contractually obliged to renegotiate Neymar's contract after agreeing a clause that would automatically open talks when his third season at the club started.

While there has been much controversy over the actual transfer fee Barcelona paid to sign him from Santos in 2013, the player himself is starting to become the world-class star many expected him to be.

His global appeal and the fact that he is the face of one the world's biggest footballing nations, Brazil, has given his entourage the belief that he is now worth more than team-mates like Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta.

Release clause

The biggest factor will not be his new wage, however, but the release clause. Currently at £140m, the figure, as we saw this summer, is well within the financial grasp of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

However, moving it closer to Messi's £205m clause would surely lay Barcelona's fears to rest.

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