Barcelona ready to hand Neymar £500,000-a-week contract

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Barcelona are ready to double Neymar's wages to a staggering £500,000-a-week in an attempt to ward off interest from Manchester United, according the the Sun.

That would be enough to make the Brazilian superstar the third-highest paid player in the world behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United launched an audacious attempt to lure Neymar from Camp Nou in the summer transfer window with the player's father later confirming an official bid was made. In fact, the same report suggests the Premier League club were willing to meet his £137million buy-out clause.

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Ed Woodward received encouragement from the player's entourage that a deal could be agreed, but Barcelona had no intention of letting the 23-year-old leave after only two seasons in Catalonia.

Despite hanging on to the former Santos star, the Red Devils obviously got too close to landing him than Barcelona were comfortable with.

Officials immediately put plans in place to extend Neymar's contract and it seems they are prepared to show him just how much they value his services with cold, hard cash.

They plan to sit down with Neymar and his father before the January window opens with the hope of confirming the deal soon after. As well as his wage, the new deal is also likely to see his release clause heightened significantly.

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Highest earners

According to the same report, Messi is currently enjoying  £565,000-a-week while Ronaldo, as always, is just behind on £550,000-a-week. Here is a list of the top ten as it will look when Neymar signs his new Barcelona deal.

1 Lionel Messi £565,000
2 Cristiano Ronaldo £550,000
3 Neymar £500,000
4 Zlatan Ibrahimovic £350,000
5 = James Rodriguez £300,000, Wayne Rooney £300,000
7 Gareth Bale £280,000
8 Luis Suarez £250,000, Radamel Falcao £250,000
10 = Yaya Toure £230,000, Sergio Aguero £230,000.

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