At one point, Manchester United were heavily linked with the Brazilian sensation Neymar, but the Samba player ended up being a Barcelona man in 2013 for a reported fee of €57.1 million. Now, Neymar’s agent has told ESPN that the Barcelona star “was close” to joining Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United this summer before finally signing a contract extension with the Catalan club.
Back in July 2016, the 24-year-old signed a new five-year contract with the Spanish giants, but his representative, Wagner Ribeiro, has revealed that a big-money move elsewhere was discussed.
“He was close to joining PSG,” Ribeiro told Bate-Bola Debat. “He would have earned €40 million a year net.
“Neymar was also close to a spell at Manchester United, but he extended his contract to earn less at Barcelona because he wanted to stay at Barcelona.”
Obviously, PSG were looking to fill the void left by the Big Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined manchester United this summer, and were reportedly ready to break the world-record transfer fee with a €190m switch.
“PSG were willing to pay his €190 million release clause, Manchester United were interested but PSG were closer to signing him.”