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Manchester United offered Barcelona £139 million for Neymar in the summer

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Just when we thought the drama of the summer transfer window had come to a conclusion, ironically, perhaps the biggest piece of gossip comes almost two months after it closed.

This time, though, it's not Jim White delivering the news with his chirpy, enthusiastic grin on Transfer Deadline Day. Instead, Spanish newspaper Sport have revealed Manchester United tabled a colossal £139 million bid for Barcelona's Neymar in the summer.

As reported by the Telegraph, the Red Devils offered the Brazilian star a lucrative £280,000-per-week contract - some £14.65 million a year.

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Neymar and Barcelona ultimately rejected the advances, though it makes for an interesting thought how much better off Louis van Gaal's side would be this season had the 23-year-old agreed to the switch and donned the United shirt.

It's an image few can picture, of course - trying to lure Neymar away from the grasp of Barcelona would have proven just as unlikely as prising Lionel Messi from the La Liga giants.

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Since Neymar's decision to remain at the Nou Camp, his father, Neymar Snr, has spoken out on the collapsed deal.

He said: "United phoned Barcelona and got the answer 'Neymar has a contract and is not for sale'.

"Everyone is calm, Neymar still has three years on his deal, we are happy here. Neymar chose to play here and he is super happy in Barcelona - you can see that."

Amidst Messi's absence - the Argentine has been ruled out for two months through injury - Neymar has thrived and stepped up to fill the void left by Barcelona's talisman.

The Brazil captain has scored eight in seven La Liga game this season, four of which coming against Rayo Vallecano last weekend.

United will have to wait a while for the Brazilian's signature, then, with the general consensus advocating no chance of Neymar swapping the sunshine of Barcelona and Spain for the wet, windy and cold Manchester.

Angel Di Maria made such a decision - but look at how that turned out.

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