Manchester United did make £140m bid for Barcelona's Neymar

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When Neymar's father revealed to a judge this week that an unnamed club had met his €190million (£140m) release clause in the summer, we knew it would not be long before the identity of the club was revealed.

And we were right. Neymar Snr, who was speaking in court as part of a civil case brought against the Barcelona star for fraud, has now confirmed that the bid came from Manchester United, and no one is surprised about that.

The Red Devils had been linked with a bid for Neymar in the last few days of the summer transfer window and, for a while, it seemed conceivable that they could actually pull off the deal.


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He told later Spanish radio station COPE: "Manchester United is the side that offered £140m for Neymar. He still has two years left on his contract but you can all be calm as my son is so happy here."

In the hope of coaxing the 23-year-old away from Camp Nou, the Old Trafford outfit met his release clause and begun contract negotiations. Obviously, he told them he was not interested in the move.

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Failed bids

It is a similar story for Manchester United fans, who have had to stand by and watch their executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, try and fail to land a marquee name. Indeed, since taking over from David Gill in 2013, he has launched bids for Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and several for Gareth Bale, only to find them all unwilling.

To be fair to him, signing Angel di Maria from Real Madrid was quite the coup at the time, but, of course, the less said about what happened after that, the better. The failure to add Neymar just adds to a growing list.


New interest

It now looks more likely that Neymar will sign for Real Madrid. They, like Manchester United, have the financial power to meet his £140m release clause and seem to have every intent in doing so.

And Neymar will have a real chance of winning the Champions League and, perhaps more importantly, the Ballon d'Or with Los Blancos.


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