Manchester United did make a bid for Barcelona star Neymar this summer, the player's father has confirmed.
The Red Devils launched an ambitious attempt to lure Neymar away from Camp Nou towards the end of the summer transfer window, but, despite their willingness to spend over £100million to make it happen, it never moved past speculation.
At one point, it seemed as if it could have actually happened. A report from the reputable Guardian journalist Jamie Jackson claimed the Brazilian superstar had told Manchester United officials that he was open to joining them.
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However, Neymar Snr has confirmed that his son was sounded out by Old Trafford officials regarding a move but the 23-year-old never considered leaving Barcelona.
"The offer reached Barcelona and the club contacted us saying they were not going to sell [Neymar]," he told Boa Tarde Fox.
"They asked if we were interested, but that wasn't the case. Barcelona are not selling, he has three years still to go on his contract.
"It was Manchester's deal, but that offer is not on the table now, it has fallen through."
New contract delayed
Just as Sergio Ramos did so well with Real Madrid this summer, Neymar may have used Manchester United's interest tactically in order to spark Barcelona into offering him a new and improved contract.
Talks were believed to be getting underway presently, but a recent report by Goal claims the La Liga champions have called off talks until January. Reason being, Barcelona need to attract new sponsors to boost their financial clout and are confident of doing so.
Once those deals are signed, they will be able to offer Neymar a bigger, longer contract. Whatever happens, it looks like Manchester United's bottomless money pit won't seal them this world-class star.
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