Before Neymar signed a new five-year deal with Barcelona in July, there had been much speculation surrounding the Brazil international's future at the Camp Nou, with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested.
The Ligue 1 giants lost star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer this summer, after the Swede let his contract run down, and have been pursuing a world class forward all summer, with Neymar understood to have been their primary target.
PSG's deputy sporting director, Olivier Letang, was believed to have flown to Brazil back in June, to meet the Barcelona star's representatives and discuss a move for the player, which would have reportedly been worth a mouthwatering £650,000-a-week to the Brazilian.
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But while the Ligue 1 champions were ultimately defeated in their pursuit of Neymar, who signed a deal to keep him at Barcelona until 2021, reports surfaced that United were also ready to match PSG's colossal offer.
But, according to The Mirror, Manchester United have been "stunned" by claims that they were willing to match the Ligue 1 giant's offer, in order to land the former Santos star, who has been prolific during his three years at Barcelona, so far.
The Red Devils have backed their new boss, Jose Mourinho, heavily since his arrival at Old Trafford this summer, in particular, with the world-record signing of Juventus' Paul Pogba. However, it is understood that claims United were ready to match PSG's offers were, in fact, false.
No England interest
Neymar had reportedly used both United and PSG's interest in order to earn himself a new bumper deal at Barcelona that would rival that of teammate Lionel Messi, while it is believed that the Brazilian had no interest in a move to England.
But a PSG source has contradicted claims that they were prepared to break the bank in order to sign the Brazil international.
"With employer contributions on top, that salary would have cost more than €60m a year. It's obscene. Neymar used us to strengthen his hand with Barcelona." an unnamed PSG source said, as reported by ESPN.
United were again ready to pay a world-record fee for the forward, which would have completely surpassed the £89 million they paid for Pogba this summer, while PSG were ready to offer as much as €190 million.
But Neymar's new deal has seen his value rocket even further; now currently with a €200 million release clause after his first year, going up to €222 million in the second, and up to as much as €250 million by 2019.
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