Barcelona superstar Neymar was the hottest property in the market during the summer transfer window, and he nearly left the club. And Manchester City could have been his destination.
That's according to a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, which claims that the Brazilian forward rejected summer offer from four different clubs: Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Manchester City. All offers were unique and gigantic, but none of them were good enough to convince Neymar to leave.
Barça would only agree to sell if the clubs met the player's release clause, of £170 million, and all four offered to pay that amount. But what really mattered was the club's offers to Neymar himself, and that's where things got interesting — and insane.
PSG offered a private jet, a hotel chain in Paris and a £35 million salary — the highest in history. Real Madrid didn't even set a salary, they would just pay whatever Neymar wanted. United offered millionaire bonuses for everything — goals, wins, win streaks, titles, awards. City apparently gave Neymar's father a blank check and told him to name the figure, and it would be met.
Despite all of the insanity above, the 24-year-old signed a contract renewal that will keep him at Barcelona until 2021. And Neymar will face City next week in a big Champions League clash. It would be a lot easier for City had Neymar moved to Manchester...