Manchester United have made a fresh approach to Barcelona and Neymar to meet the full €190m (£145.5m, $213m) release clause of the Brazilian international. On 3 February Neymar's father revealed in court that the Brazilian international had received a multi-million offer from an unnamed club to leave the Camp Nou.
The Barcelona ace has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford since the last transfer window. Globo Esporte broke the news that after missing out on Pedro Rodriguez to Chelsea, the Red Devils launched a €190m bid to make Neymar the marquee signing of the summer.
The player and his father confirmed that United did try to secure his services during the summer of 2015 but he instead decided to remain at Barcelona – with the Premier League giants eventually turning their attention to Anthony Martial. But speculations about his future have just increased in recent weeks amid the delays in the player signing a new deal with Barcelona due to his problems with the Spanish tax authorities.
And speaking in court on Tuesday (2 February) in the ongoing investigation into the details about his transfer from Santos in 2013, Catalunya Radio claimed that the Neymar senior revealed that his son had received a huge offer from an unnamed club to leave Barcelona.
He said the unnamed club are offering him a considerably salary rise and were keen on meeting his clause at Barcelona, but claimed his son eventually wants to sign a new deal at the Camp Nou to remain in La Liga for the foreseeable future. Mundo Deportivo has now revealed that this unnamed club is Manchester United, who have not given up on him.
The Spanish publication claimed that United recently made a new approach to offer Barcelona, to pay the full €190m release clause of the player, while also informing Neymar about their intentions to secure his services. Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City are also interested in the player but according to the report United are the only club that have made a formal offer to get his services.
As Neymar's father told the court, the player is like likely to commit his long-term future to the Champions League winners by signing a new long-term deal.