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Neymar received four offers to leave Barcelona last summer

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Neymar could have surpassed Paul Pogba's record-breaking £89 million move to Manchester United during the summer by transferring to the same club, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Brazilian's future at Barcelona never looked in any serious doubt after last season but the Spanish publication have claimed he had no shortage of serious offers from clubs across Europe - all of whom willing to meet his £170 million release clause.

Not since 2007 and Javier Saviola has a player played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona but Neymar did have the opportunity to change that stat by joining his current club's bitter rivals in the summer.

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As well as Madrid and Man United, the 24-year-old could have also linked up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain but he opted to stay at the Camp Nou.

All four clubs made their own unique offers which featured various financial bonuses to try and tempt Neymar away from the Spanish champions.

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The most random incentive came from PSG, who promised him a 30% stake in a Brazilian hotel named after him.

Meanwhile, Madrid and City were prepared to give Neymar's father whatever he wanted and United used the guarantee of an expensive house as a bargaining tool in their negotiations.

But it came to no avail and Neymar ended up signing a new five-year deal at Barcelona to finally put the speculation surrounding his future to bed.

Everyone thought Pogba's return to Old Trafford was a depressing reflection of the times but just imagine the reaction had anyone been able to sign Neymar.

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The Brazil international himself admitted last month he had held talks with other clubs but insisted he belonged with the Catalan giants.

"I don't see myself away from Barca. It's not something I've pictured yet," Neymar said.

"I feel like an important part of the team and hopefully I can help them more and more. I've already said that, yes, I was in talks with many different teams and I chose to stay here, where I feel at home. As I said, I belong to Barca and I'm really happy here."

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