One of the biggest transfer stories of the summer was that Manchester United were going to bid nearly £100 million to sign Neymar Jr. from Barcelona.
It wasn’t until after the window closed that it was revealed that United actually made a formal bid for the Brazilian forward, which was obviously rejected.
Neymar’s father, Neymar Sr., has also confirmed that Manchester United made a bid for his son and that Barcelona rejected the bid outright.
Speaking to Boa Tarde Fox, the Barcelona star’s father said:
“The offer reached Barcelona and the club contacted us saying they were not going to sell. 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.”
Due to a clause in Neymar’s contract, Barcelona only have until January to re-negotiate his current contract, and sign him up for a longer term. If they fail to do so, his current contract will expire at the end of June 2018 and he will become a free agent.