Neymar's father has admitted offers are coming in for the Barcelona star after insisting his son has not signed a new contract with the Catalan giants. The La Liga giants remain confident the Brazil international will renew his deal at the Nou Camp, despite receiving a lucrative offer from Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
ESPN Brasil claimed this week the 24-year-old has already signed a five-year agreement with Barcelona. They reported the contract was actually signed in December but the player's ongoing legal issues in his homeland and in Spain have delayed the official announcement.
In an interview with Catalan-based newspaper Ara, Neymar Sr, who is also his son's agent, insisted there is no new deal in place, with both his and the player's ongoing legal issues taking precedence over any contract talks.
"We hope that Neymar renews his contract," Neymar Sr said. "He still has two more years left and the fans can be relaxed during this time. Now we will begin to talk, but we have not sat down yet. We have spent so much time defending ourselves from accusations that it was too early to talk about renewing the contract.
"We are relaxed with all that we are doing at Barcelona and I believe the club are too. We will speak with [Barca president Josep Maria] Bartomeu in May and come up with a path for Neymar and Barca to take together."
Neymar has a staggering release clause of £143.3m ($209m, €190m) written into his contract at the Nou Camp, but that has not deterred Manchester United from considering a sensational move for the 23-year-old. While their chances of luring the Brazilian star to Old Trafford seem optimistic at best, Neymar Sr confirmed to Brazilian radio station Boa Tarde Fox in October a proposal had arrived from Old Trafford.
Speaking to Ara, Neymar Sr also claimed other clubs are once again "coming in" for his son, but believes Barcelona are ready to immediately dismiss all of them.
"Other offers are coming in again, but Barca are gearing up to be able to reject and avoid them".