Real Madrid had a €300 million (£260m/$357m) bid for Neymar knocked back in 2019 claims Wagner Ribeiro, who says Paris Saint-Germain made it clear that even “a billion” would not be enough to get the Brazilian.
The Ligue 1 giants smashed the world transfer record in the summer of 2017 when luring the South American superstar away from Barcelona in a €222m (£192m/$264m) deal.
Ever since that agreement, a return to Spain for Neymar has been mooted with Real looking to turn speculation into a transfer at a time in which serious questions were being asked of the 29-year-old’s future in France.
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Ribeiro, a former agent of Neymar, told L’Equipe: “At that time, he was close to going to Real Madrid. Madrid were willing to pay €300m for him. Florentino [Perez] told me, but Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] refused. ‘Not for a billion, he’s not going to go!’ He told me.”
Having seen an exit denied, Neymar has committed himself to the PSG cause. He has scored 83 goals in 106 appearances, helping his current club to a number of domestic honours and the Champions League final.